POPI    |    Part 5

Getting to know POPI: Definitions

De-identified or aggregated information will not fall within POPI’s scope. Information is de-identified if the information which links it to a specific data subject has been deleted, or the link between a data subject and their personal information has been broken to such an extent that someone cannot link the information back to the relevant data subject again. 

Personal information that has been anonymised (or de-identified) does not constitute "personal information" under POPI. The anonymising of personal information is a useful tool for disclosing data that would otherwise be prohibited under POPI. For example, when Lightstone shows house or vehicle price and market share trends in their monthly reports or when they show delphi scores and RQGs at enumerator area level. This is anonymised and de-identified information. 

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