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POPIA: How valuable is personal information?

Personal information has value—to the individual, to researchers, to the University, and to malicious attackers. The first step towards appropriately securing personal information involves building a proper understanding of the value of the personal information you use for institutional processes and research projects.

The Division for Information Governance has launched an online privacy impact self-assessment tool. The assessment allows you to quickly assess the value of personal information based on legislative definitions and how the information may be abused by malicious users. The assessment results provide further guidance on addressing the risks associated with working with higher value personal information.

For the more complex or higher value institutional processes and research projects, the Division offers facilitated impact assessments. For more details, visit or contact

Also read our previous article, “Getting ready for the Protection of Personal Information Act”  here.

[Article provided by Division for Information Governance]

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