Privacy laws apply to everyone, sectional title and community schemes included. That’s the word from Human Settlements Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi following a recent parliamentary Q&A.;
Despite the deadline for compliance on 30 June 2021, Kubayi had to this year reiterate that the regulations of the Protection of Personal Information Act (PoPIA) applies to community housing schemes as well.
“Accordingly, all entities need to invest in the resources they have identified to ensure that the principles of PoPIA are upheld,” said Kubayi, referring to the eight principles governing the collection, storing, and processing of personal information belonging to members of community schemes.
Leading access control and visitor management firm ATG Digital has spent considerable time working with PoPI Act experts, Michalsons Law Firm, to create a fully PoPIA-compliant access control solution for complexes and residential estates.
In their latest bid to further alleviate pressures on facilities and security managers, ATG Digital has announced that its flagship product, At The Gate, is available as an add-on to the EstateMate community management app.
The app facilitates secure communication between body corporates, managing agents, as well as owners and residents of community schemes. It acts as a central management hub and, together with At The Gate access control, makes it easier to enforce PoPIA policies.
“Only information vital for the purpose set out in the scheme’s PoPIA policy is collected at the gate. All the information is encrypted and securely stored and is only accessible by authorised personnel,” explains ATG Digital’s Arial Flax.
Flax says that both EstateMate and the integrated ATG Digital features are fully customisable. So, communities need not worry about creating a PoPIA policy to suit their tech stack’s capabilities. Proptech solutions like EstateMate make it easier for estates and complexes to adopt a fully compliant, plug-and-play solution to PoPI Act requirements.
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