Protection of Personal Information

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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Enactment of the Protection of Personal Information Bill delayed

The latest news on the Bill’s journey through the parliamentary committees is that on 13 February 2013 the NCOP’s Select Committee on Security and Constitutional Development heard more detailed submissions from its content advisor, the drafters from the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, the SA Law Reform Commisson and the Financial Services Board. See this article on Legalbrief Policy Watch.

Update on POPI's progress

The Protection of Personal Information Bill was approved by the National Assembly in September last year. Before it can become an Act it has to be approved by the National Council of Provinces. The Select Committee on Security and Constitutional Development heard submissions on the Bill from the drafters as well as the SA Law Reform Commission and the FSB.

The Committee has asked for a more detailed briefing of the Bill and from what I can see on the Parliamentary Monitoring Group's webiste this meeting will take place on 4 March 2013.

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