Governance & Risk Management , Privacy

Varsha Sewlal on Data Protection Framework Compliance

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Varhsa Sewlal, the executive officer for legal, policy, research and information technology analysis and the deputy information officer with the Information Regulator of South Africa

Ensuring compliance with the data protection framework is one of the big challenges for enterprises in South Africa, says Varsha Sewlal, the executive officer for legal, policy, research and information technology analysis and the deputy information officer with the Information Regulator of South Africa.

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"You find the companies, both private sector and public sector, grappling with ensuring this compliance," says Sewlal. "Some of that deals with understanding what the data protection framework expects from you and how you unpack it and making sure there are officers who understand the implementation of the data protection and cybersecurity framework."

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group, Sewlal also discusses:

  • Top concerns for enterprises in their digital transformation journey;
  • How the Protection of Personal Information Act is being followed in South Africa;
  • Cybersecurity trends expected in 2022.

Sewlal is the officer for legal, policy, research and information technology analysis and the deputy information officer with the Information Regulator of South Africa. She started her career in private practice and then served with the Office of the Public Protector in Durban. While there, she served as acting chief director legal services and headed the legal directorate with the Department of Labor, Workman’s Compensation and the Unemployment Insurance Fund.


About the Author

Suparna Goswami

Suparna Goswami

Associate Editor, ISMG

Goswami has more than 10 years of experience in the field of journalism. She has covered a variety of beats including global macro economy, fintech, startups and other business trends. Before joining ISMG, she contributed for Forbes Asia, where she wrote about the Indian startup ecosystem. She has also worked with UK-based International Finance Magazine and leading Indian newspapers, such as DNA and Times of India.




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