Russell Opland

Data Protection Officer, Law Firm

Russell has designed, implemented, and led privacy and information security programmes for extremely large and prestigious organisations in the USA for over 10 years, serving as their Chief Privacy and Information Security Officer, and served on the Boards of 3 non-profits. For three years, he led PwC's and EY's Africa Privacy consulting practices as an Associate Director, before running his own, independent consulting practice for five years.

He has advised South Africa’s largest organisations in various industries on real-world risk assessments for POPIA, GDPR and practical privacy implementation techniques, based on over a decade's experience with US regulators. 

My Sessions
June 22, 2021 10:00 AM
Regulatory Developments: POPIA and the Principles of Enforcement Action

South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) comes into enforcement from 1st July 2021.  This panel will discuss the forms in which it is likely enforcement will happen, assessing the triggers, exploring the history of what regulators look for, and what the implications are for South Africa.  Leading experts will forecast whether the regulators will be strict or reasonable as the law comes into enforcement, and debate the challenges ahead.

Speakers include:

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