POPI Executive Workshop Introduction

Protection of Personal Information

Executive workshop for preparation for POPI’s enactment

Mark Heyink will present a workshop dealing with preparing to process personal information in accordance with the Conditions for lawful processing of personal information as stipulated in the Protection of Personal Information Act (“the Act”).

Mark served on the South African Law Reform Commission Project Team that researched the law of privacy, its application in South Africa and drafted the initial Bills represented to Parliament. He further, at the invitation of both the African National Congress (ANC) and Democratic Alliance (DA) assisted the Justice Parliamentary Portfolio Committee in its deliberation and the drafting of the final provisions of the Act and its enactment.

Mark has studied the international development of privacy law and how different regions and countries are applying their privacy legislation. He writes regularly on the developing jurisprudence of privacy and is in demand as a speaker on the subject. Mark has been nominated by several parties for appointment to the office of the Information Regulator.


Mark Heyink is an Information Attorney and an Information Security Consultant. He is a Partner at Mark Heyink Information Attorney and a Director of Information Governance (Pty) Limited. His practice and consultancy are devoted to the specialised study and advice on good practice relating to electronic information, information security, privacy as well as existing and emerging laws which govern information.

Mark holds BA and LLB degrees, a Higher Diploma in Company Law and is an admitted Attorney, Notary and Conveyancer of the High Court of South Africa. In addition to his legal qualifications Mark has studied Information Management at the Wits Graduate School of Business and qualified in 2004 as a Certified Information Security Systems Professional. Mark has lectured on legal and information security issues, to Honours and Masters Students in the computer science, commercial and legal faculties, at both the Universities of Johannesburg and Witwatersrand.

Mark consults on ICT Governance, the establishment of information security structures and training of professionals and staff in generally accepted information security practices. He advises several “high security” entities on their use of electronic signatures and other security technologies and has been at the forefront of the development of practices relating to Public Key Infrastructures in South Africa.  He also advises on existing and emerging information law, including privacy.

Mark has held several public appointments and was one of the members of the South African Law Reform Commission Privacy Project, which has submitted a report and draft Protection of Personal Information Bill to the Minister of Justice.  At the request of members of Parliament he attended the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee meetings, advising on the deliberations and drafting of the Bill through to its enactment in November 2013. Mark is currently a member of the National Cyber-security Advisory Council.

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