In 2020, Everlytic and Elizabeth from Novation Consulting hosted a POPIA Webinar Series to unpack the legalities of the POPIA legislation that will be enforceable in South Africa from 1 July 2021. In this POPIA Q&A blog series, we share some of the questions we received during the three webinars and the answers Elizabeth provided. This blog covers the questions we received on dealing with unsubscribes from your direct marketing.

POPIA Q&A: Dealing with Unsubscribes from Your Direct Marketing | Everlytic | Dealing with Unsubscribes

Dealing with Unsubscribes Q&A:

This will depend on how your consent and unsubscribe is worded. A granular consent and unsubscribe process ensures that contacts are more likely to stay for the content they like, rather than opting out of everything if there’s only parts of the content that they don’t want.

It will depend on the context, but generally, if you don’t already have a relationship with the person, you’re going to have to get them opt in first.

If you do have a relationship with them, it’ll depend on what consent they gave you, if you gave them the opportunity to unsubscribe, and if you’re still giving them the opportunity to unsubscribe. This is where a preference centre comes in handy as it enables the contact to be specific about the types of communication they want to receive from you.

This comes from the Consumer Protection Act. You can’t charge for an opt-out from direct marketing and the process must be easy.

Data cost hasn’t been spoken about at the CPA. People usually only get into trouble if there’s an additional charge and for the costs of an SMS. It’s not impossible, but it’s rare.