Getting to know POPI: Definitions
It is important to understand POPI’s definition of “personal information” and “process” in order to determine whether POPI will apply to a specific situation.
“Personal information” includes information of a living, identifiable natural person or an existing juristic person.
The situation in South Africa differs from that of many other countries that have similar legislation, because most countries regulate the processing of people's personal information only. However, in South Africa, the law will also regulate personal information of existing companies, close corporations and the like. Note that this is one of the key differences in GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation – a set of POPI like rules in the EU).