Sections 100 – 106 of the POPI Act deal with instances where parties would find themselves “guilty of an offense”. The most relevant of these are:
Section 107 of the Act details which penalties apply to respective offenses.
For the more serious offences the maximum penalties are a R10 million fine or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 10 years or to both a fine and such imprisonment.
For the less serious offences, for example, hindering an official in the execution of a search and seizure warrant the maximum penalty would be a fine or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 12 months, or to both a fine and such imprisonment.
Failure to comply with the requirements of the POPI Act could have dire consequences.