Christelle Bure is passionate about enabling companies to thrive in a fast-paced digital environment, through the utilisation of technology and the development and empowerment of its people. Bure is a lifelong entrepreneur who has co-founded businesses in the entertainment, consulting and services industries, co-owned a training and development company, as well as leading numerous large-scale business transformation projects in corporate environments. She is particularly interested in the role emotional intelligence has on future leadership capability (currently her research topic as part of her MCom degree).
Bure's portfolio in Metatrans is Training and Implementation. She believes in a practical, no-nonsense approach to the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) implementations and her team has, for the past two years (and is currently busy), implemented POPIA compliance in various companies, ranging from banking and financial services to telecoms and government, and even a medical practitioner and nursery school.
Combining her passion for people development with the hard skill of project implementation, she has found a niche in privacy compliance implementation. She believes the success of POPIA compliance lies in the hearts and minds of the people. The processes, policies and standards have to be in place, but alone they do not guarantee success. It is a subtle balance between these two that creates a synergy which carries the organisation into compliance.
Becoming POPIA compliant is a culture change, a mindset change, an opportunity to be leveraged. It is more than a tick-box exercise.
It is a slow and steady journey that an organisation has to commit to. And interestingly, once it is done right, companies realise the massive, positive impact this has on relationships with its clients, staff and suppliers. In fact, the decision to become respectful of the privacy of the personal information of others is very liberating and creates a giant leap towards building trusting and lasting relationships. Approaching POPIA in this way not only helps companies become compliant, it may well give them a strong competitive edge and opportunity.
So, how do you sift through all the information available online and decide what your first or next steps are? Hopefully, this will shine a guiding light on your journey. The first thing you have to acknowledge is that if you are in business, you need to be POPIA compliant. The size of your company, the complexity of your data, your staff, your suppliers, etc, will all impact the effort you will need to put into compliance.
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