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How does Europe’s GDPR affect your South African business?

02.09.18 AHK Süd-Afrika - News-Hauptkategorie

Johannesburg, 30 August 2018 – South African organisations are already familiar with the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act 2013. If you’re also operating in the European Union or are looking to branch out into Europe, it’s best to get acquainted with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the EU’s own privacy law that came into effect on 25 May 2018.

As an organisation that serves both German and Southern African enterprises, the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI) seeks to keep its members abreast with any new legislative developments that could affect their businesses. And this is one piece of legislation you’ll want to know about. To this end, the SAGCCI was pleased to host a seminar on the GDPR, presented by Mr Rohan Isaacs and Ms Kerri Crawford of Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa.

The seminar focused on the extra-territorial application of the GDPR as well as how the EU’s take on data protection compares with South Africa’s POPI Act. Mr Isaacs and Ms Crawford explained the GDPR laws within terms already familiar to many South African businesses, who comply with the local POPI laws.

POPI and the GDPR have many similarities.  The most significant difference is that while the GDPR (like most data protection laws globally) applies to “personal data” of individuals only, POPI protects “personal information” of both individuals and juristic persons. 

If yours is a company that operates both here in South Africa as well as in the EU or even if you are a SA-based organisation selling products and services into the EU or monitoring the behaviour of individuals in the EU, the experts at Norton Rose recommend putting in place one comprehensive data protection programme that can comply with both the GDPR and the POPI Act.

About the Technology and Privacy Team Norton Rose Fullbright South Africa
The Technology and Privacy Team at Norton Rose Fullbright South Africa acts for a wide range of clients in the technology field, advising on outsourcing, system implementation, privacy, regulatory and procurement issues. They are focused on ways, in which lawyers can innovate their service delivery to clients, and have, for example developed a virtual privacy lawyer. They regularly speak and write about hot topics like artificial intelligence, cryptocurrencies and blockchain

Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been operating in Southern Africa for over 65 years. Bringing together potential business partners is one of our key service offerings. We foster business links between Germany and Southern African companies through comprehensive and target group-oriented researches, workshops, seminars and business delegations that bring you in contact with competent business partners in your industry. Contact the Chamber to get connected with German and southern African businesses at info(at); or call +27 11 486 2775.