At SAFMA, we take data privacy and protection seriously, which is why we are committed to complying with the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA). POPIA is a comprehensive data protection law enacted in South Africa to regulate the processing of personal information and promote the protection of individuals' privacy rights.

As part of our commitment to POPIA compliance, SAFMA ensures that all personal information collected, processed, and stored is done so in accordance with the principles outlined in the Act. These principles include accountability, purpose specification, data minimization, accuracy, storage limitation, integrity and confidentiality, and data subject participation.

Our approach to POPIA compliance includes:

  1. Data Protection Policies: We have developed robust data protection policies and procedures that govern the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information within our organization.

  2. Data Security Measures: SAFMA implements appropriate technical and organizational measures to safeguard personal information against unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction.

  3. Staff Training: We provide regular training and awareness programs to our staff members to ensure they understand their responsibilities regarding data protection and privacy.

  4. Privacy Notices: We provide clear and transparent privacy notices to individuals whose personal information we collect, informing them of the purposes for which their data is processed and their rights under POPIA.

  5. Data Subject Rights: We respect individuals' rights under POPIA, including the right to access, correct, or delete their personal information upon request.

  6. Data Processing Agreements: When engaging with third-party service providers or partners, SAFMA ensures that appropriate data processing agreements are in place to govern the handling of personal information in compliance with POPIA.

  7. Data Breach Response: In the event of a data breach, SAFMA has established procedures for promptly identifying, assessing, and mitigating the impact of the breach, as well as notifying the relevant authorities and affected individuals as required by law.

By adhering to the principles and requirements of POPIA, SAFMA demonstrates our commitment to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of personal information entrusted to us by our clients, partners, and stakeholders. We continuously monitor developments in data protection legislation to ensure our practices remain up-to-date and in compliance with regulatory requirements.