That same fate awaits us SA small-business owners when the Protection of Personal Information Act takes effect on July 1, 2021.
You have until then to setup "reasonable" safeguards to protect the information you hold from being lost, stolen, or hacked. This new law applies to each person or entity that stores any information about anyone or any entity.
To be honest, nobody really expects to go to jail. But it is an incredibly effective bargaining chip for government to extract much bigger fines. Both are really bad for us small-business owners.
This course covers everything you can expect from a regular offline orientation seminar costing up to R3000 for a few hours.
- Except you can unwrap this info at any time
- And ask questions as you progress.
- And you don't need to travel further than your PC.
- And anyone in your firm can enrol for the same price - FREE.
Another myth is that government won't have enough resources to police the Act. Or to check whether your business complies or not. They've solved this by making it self-policing. If you lose data you must report it yourself.
That data loss can be as simple as a stolen laptop. In fact, a stolen laptop is the most common way we lose client info.
Take this free course. You'll be glad you did. And you will know what to do next.
Consider what you must report to the Information Regulator.
Anything containing or allowing access to customer or employee or supplier data:
You must report each event to the Information Regulator. And then you must prove you've complied with the POPI Act.
Failing to prove this leads to immense admin, big fines, and even prison time.
That's on top of the costs of fixing the problem after the event.
I'm Peter Carruthers.
I've helped more than 50,000 small-business owners prosper despite their business challenges.
This was via thousands of individual consultations and hundreds of live seminars.
I've produced dozens of courses since I took all my business efforts online in 2004 . And presented thousands of live webinars. I still consult each day with individual business owners..
In 2005 I wrote the world's best-selling book on surviving business closure. It's called CrashProof your Business.
The book was the result of closing South Africa's third-most admired IT supplier in 1992. This was in the run-up to the '94 elections when we all feared civil war.
I lost everything. And then some. I came out of the experience with an intense need to find out where I went wrong. And then to share that knowledge.
I have more than 4000 current students online. You're in safe hands.
Knowing the problem is the first step toward compliance. (If we don't know what the problems are, how do we know what to solve?)
The solution is more complex:
More than 1,000 small-business owners have already taken this foundation course.
Every small-business must comply with the Protection of Personal Information Act.
Nearly all the available training is expensive. It's offline, so it needs venues and live presenters. Both are expensive. As is your cost and time to get to those venues.
Almost all prevailing training focuses on bigger firms. They face more complex problems than we do. (And they have much more money to spend on solving them.)
This free online course will show you the obstacles each small business faces. You'll learn enough to make much better choices to resolve your own POPI challenge.