Privacy officers need to work with internal stakeholders and broader networks to successfully embed privacy legislation compliance throughout their organisations and ensure that compliance programmes align with business strategy. This is according to OneTrust experts and privacy professionals who were participating in a webinar hosted by OneTrust in partnership with ITWeb this week.
Focusing on the challenges of implementing effective change management to ensure compliance with privacy legislation, the panellists noted that the deadline for compliance with the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) is set for July 1 this year. However, they added that some stakeholders in South Africa believed the July 1 deadline could be relaxed in light of the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
By now, organisations should have their compliance frameworks in place, but people are always the biggest risk.
Janine West, Investec.
Whether the deadline was extended or not, protection of personal information and privacy by design has become increasingly important for all global organisations. In addition, the Data Privacy Office is becoming a critical thread working across business units to ensure compliance with legislation and to build trust in the organisation.
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