Notice on POPI (February 2017)

Published February 2017

An example of one of the notices I received on POPI - and a related website and services provider:

Jean-Pierre Murray-Kline - Internet & Social Media Specialist

In terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act of 2000, all businesses need to have a PAIA Manual and submit a copy to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) website.

During the course of 2000 the Promotion of Access to Information Act (known as the PAIA Act) was passed into law. This Act allows members of the public to know who they are dealing with in a business or private body.

To be compliant with the Act, all public and private bodies must have a PAIA Manual (also known as a Section 51 Manual).

Extensions for some businesses have been granted until December 2015 to submit their manuals to the SAHRC. This means all businesses need to have one.

Does this mean that anyone may now have access to my records?

The answer is ABSOLUTELY NOT! This only means that a person who has a right to request access to records of your business is a person who wishes to exercise or protect a right to which he or she is entitled. The manual only gives them the ability to make the application!

We have made it very easy for you to create your manual and submit it to the SAHRC. It's quick, simple and it is completely tax deductible. We do all the hard work.

It takes you a few minutes to complete this process on our website. You will be emailed a copy of your PAIA Manual and we will submit a copy of it to the SAHRC on your behalf and you will receive proof that it was submitted.

Please have a look at our website, which shows you the penalties you may face if you do not comply with this Act.

www.paiacompliance.co.za helps you create your PAIA Manual within three minutes.

If you have any queries, you can look at the FAQ section on our website, or simply email us and we will help you.

Yours sincerely,
PAIA Compliance.

Published February 2017

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