If one considers that between 70%-80% of South African adults have been victims of cybercrime in their lifetime, the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act is an essential leap forward in South African legislative terms.
It is the first piece of legislation to specifically address, as its main objective, the protection of personal information.

Francis Cronje is an information governance specialist with a strong legal background and years of practical experience. He was instrumental during the drafting and refinement of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) and acted in an advisory capacity to Parliament’s Technical Working Committee on POPI.

He later provided further insight to the Portfolio Committee of Justice and Constitutional Development during the finalisation of POPI and also served on the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) assisting with the Act.

He is co-author and co-editor of Cyberlaw@SA second edition and co-authored the book, 101 Questions and Answers about the Protection of Personal Information Act. Most importantly he was recently shortlisted as a candidate for the Information Regulator.

Francis will share some of these insights:

  • Background on POPI: A brief update on the Act and what it means
  • Current status on Act: Where are we with POPI?
  • Impact of Technology: What role does it play?
  • The Cloud and PRISM: The ramifications of the Act for cloud computing, cloud services and PRISM
  • Solutions: Get an overview on what practical action to take
Francis Cronje
Managing Director at Ф franciscronje.com and Information Governance Specialist