ATG Digital and EstateMate Integration Relieves POPIA Pressure for Estates
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, as reported by Business Tech.
Despite the deadline for compliance on 30 June 2021, Kubayi had to—this year—reiterate that the regulations of the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act 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 the POPI Act are upheld,” said Kubayi, referring to the eight principles governing the collection, storing, and processing of personal information belonging to members of community schemes.
As a leading access control and visitor management firm, we have 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 our latest bid to further alleviate pressures on facilities and security managers, we are proud to note that our 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, 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 Ariel 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.