Protection of Personal Information

Protection of Personal Information Act published

The Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) No. 4 of 2013 has finanally been published in the Government Gazette. This means that the POPI is now an Act of Parliament (and so a law of South Africa) but no commencement date has been published yet. The commencement date is a short notice in the Government Gazette as which is signed by the President of South Africa. In terms of s114 of POPI all companies will have 1 year after the commencement date to ensure that they comply with the requirements of POPI.

 

Protection of Personal Information Bill sent to the President for signature

The National Assembly has officially sent POPI to the President for his signature. This is the last hurdle which the Bill has to clear before becoming an act. Once signed the President must announce the commencement date by a notice in the Government Gazette. Businessess will then have one year to comply.

Protection of Personal Information Bill in the NA today

POPI (the amendments by the NCOP to be exact) is going to be tabled in the National Assembly today. The approval of the changes should be a formality. We edge ever closer to data protection in South Africa.

Protection of Personal Information Bill returns to the National Assembly

The Protection of Personal Information Bill returns to the National Assembly this week. The amendments suggested by the Select Committee of the National Council of Provinces have been tabled before the NA this week. My sources say that this 'second reading debate' could take place this week. If approved the Bill goes back to the NCOP for endorsement after which it will be sent to the President for his signature.

Protection of Personal Information Bill marches on

The Select Committee of the National Council of Provinces have issued a report in which the Protection of Personal Information is accepted and tabled with some minor, mostly cosmetic, changes.

I will be writing about this in the Consumer Law Review, but in short it means that the Bill is now two steps (a vote and a signature) away from being enacted.

Rethinking privacy policies

Increasingly, I find it very difficult to see the point of overly legalistic privacy policies normally hidden behind a tiny link at the bottom of a webpage. The reason for this increased concern is of course the Protection of Personal Information Bill and the duties which it places on businesses who use (or for that matter just collect or store) personal information.

Protection of Personal Information Bill on the move

After months of inaction, a workshop on the Bill is scheduled for 22 May 2013 before the Select Committee on Security and Constitutional Development. Deliberations will take place on 5 June 2013. This is part of the process of getting the Bill approved by the National Council of Provinces. This is the last step before the Bill will be signed into law by the President.

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