Are you compliant with the POPI Act? As a photographer you need to be aware of and compliant with the POPI Act as you will be collecting personal information from your clients for: Accounting, sending of photos to client, communicating and contacting your client.
The way you store and share this data as well as your ability to market yourself and your business is an integral part of the Act.
POPI is South Africa's data privacy law and it stands for the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013. Sometimes referred to as POPIA. It governs when and how organisations collect, use, store, delete and generally ‘handle’ personal information.
Handling personal data inappropriately exposes the company/individual to:
- Potential legal consequences, e.g. large fines, criminal sanction
- Negative publicity
- Loss of business and goodwill
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