Data Portability now reaching Africa

By 29. April 2018October 5th, 2020No Comments
Data portability in Africa

With the constant digital transformation, everyone has to adapt. Along with this, comes the need to meet the demand of security, Africa is no exception to the need, therefore access to data portability will also become available here.

2017 presented itself as a year of transformation for all businesses and organizations. It was a digital transformation, one that has been accepted with open arms. Which brings us to 2018, the year of preparedness, action and managing digital risks. Spearheading this preparedness is the EU, with the implementation of the GDPR and the enforcement with the new changes. This past year there were several themes that dominated data privacy, but there are three that really stand out:

  • The transformation of business and organizational activities, processes, competencies and models to fully leverage the changes and opportunities of digital technologies.
  • The challenge of managing and protecting the growing amounts and quality of data being collected, used and processed.
  • The increase in global compliance obligations aimed to protect the rights of consumers impacted by this digital transformation.

This is where new laws come in. At a time when data breaches and cyber attacks around the world shake up the digital world, governments around the world are trying to protect the consumers, and with that desire to protect, there are new ways to proceed.

For example in South Africa, the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (POPIA) was enacted in 2013 and is expected to be implemented this year. This will really change the way businesses approach the protection of customer and employee data, and it will really tackle those three themes that stood out in the past year.

In terms of POPIA, where there are reasonable grounds to believe that the personal information of a data subject has been accessed or acquired by any unauthorised person, the responsible party will have to notify the Information Regulator, as well as the data subject, unless that person’s identity cannot be established.

This means that when the GDPR goes into effect, access to data portability will also reach Africa. Businesses in Africa, such as in South Africa, will have to ensure they are compliant with the regulations.

One of those regulations is the right to data portability, something that GDPR deals with, but not POPIA. This and other rights will benefit consumers in Africa.

Finish reading the full article here where you can see some of the other regulations in South Africa.

Contact Safe Online to see how we can help you comply with data portability requirements.