The Protection of Personal Information Bill 2009 (POPI or the Bill*) aims to bring South Africa in line with international data protection laws. The impact of this legislation will be far-reaching and will significantly affect the way companies collect, store and disseminate personal information. Members of Webber Wentzel's Information Law and Data Protection Group provide insight into information law and the potential impact of the Bill on business in a series of Snapshots. Previous Snapshots have noted that the Bill sets out eight conditions that responsible parties will need to consider for the processing of personal information to be lawful. In this Snapshot, Information Quality and Openness, being the fifth and sixth of the eight conditions, are considered.
Condition 5: Information Quality
A Responsible Party must ensure that any personal information in its possession is complete, accurate, not misleading, and updated when necessary. In so doing, the responsible party must have regard to the purpose for which the personal information is collected or further processed.