South Africa’s wide-ranging data protection and privacy act is to come into effect on Wednesday, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced, in a move designed to bring the nation’s data laws in line with the type of regulations common across the developed world.

The long awaited Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPI) will come into effect on July 1, and businesses will have 12 months to become compliant.

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