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Data Governance

Knowblet and POPI bill

POPI is organized around 8 principles (as summarized by KPMG). Data quality is prominent in principles 5, 6, 7 and 8. Limitations to further processing are addressed in principles 2, 3 and 4.

this principle contemplates the assigning of responsibility by organizations for overseeing compliance with the Bill.

Processing Limitation
The organization must collect personal information directly from the individual, except if the information is contained in a public record or was deliberately made public by the individual or via a closed user group such may be the case with CPA data, which is regulated with its own Act.

Purpose Specification
Knowblet’s information management is for the purpose of assisting organizations with Data Curation, Data Quality and Authentication activities and resolving challenges around Authentication, Marketing Intelligence and Fraud.

Further Processing Limitation
this principle requires that the organization may only use personal information for those purposes that were specified at the time.

Information Quality
This responsibility for the organization to ensure and maintain the quality of personal information.

Information management that pertains to personal information shall be processed in a fair and transparent manner.

Security Safeguards
Knowblet servers are encrypted and information is kept secure against the risk of loss and unauthorized access.

Data Subject Participation
Individuals are empowered to access and/or request the correction or deletion of inaccurate personal information held about them.

All principles ought to be applied in context of the whole, and not in isolation.

How Knowblet complies with Acts passed and proposed

Knowblet complies with acts passed and proposed by building internal processes premised on data protection legislation in South Africa. In South Africa several Acts and Bills regulate:

  • The use of Personal Information (“The Data User”)
  • The ownership of Personal Information (“The Data Owner”).

In accordance with the EU Directive on Data Protection we need to include:

  • “The Data Worker”, e.g. the Data Scientist. The acts and bills that are relevant to the subject, in addition to the well-established privacy principles covered in Common Law, are:
  • Protection of Personal Information Bill (POPI Bill) This bill is under discussion since 2009 and aims to establish minimum requirements for the lawful procession of personal information.
  • Consumer Protection Act (CPA)
  • Electronic Communications and Transmission Act (ECT Act). Both the Consumer Protection Act and ECT Act allow consumers to opt-out of direct marketing communications, rather than that optin is a requirement for such communication.

Knowblet specializes in working with publicly available datasets from Home Affairs, CIPC, Deeds Office, and various online databases. On the other hand Knowblet works proprietary datasets, which are not publicly available, such as CPA Data and certain Home Affairs data, which are only available in a closed user group and its affiliates.

Knowblet’s Big Data work best can be described as all activities required for Data Curation, Data Quality and Authentication and aiming at resolving Authentication, Marketing Intelligence and Fraud challenges our clients encounter in Customer Relationship Management systems and Human Resources systems.