Protection of Personal Information

Protection of Personal Information Bill passed by the National Assembly

The Protection of Personal Information Bill was passed by the National Assembly on 11 September 2012. The Bill will must now be approved by the NCOP at which point only the President's signature is required to make it law.

See this excellent article by Webber Wentzel's Dario Milo and Greg Palmer in the Business Day.

The Justice Committee has approved the Protection of Personal Information Bill

The Protection of Personal Information Bill has been approved by the Justice Committee. It will now go to a the National Assembly for what is known as a 'second reading debate'. Once approved the Bill will be tabled before the National Council of Provinces.

[Added on 7 September 2012: It looks like the 'second reading' may take place as early as 11 September 2012.]

Justice Committee will vote on PoPI on 5 September

I received a copy of the 9th draft of PoPI this morning. Apparently the justice committee will cast their final vote tomorrow (5 September 2012). There have been changes to the Bill (some fundamental some not).

I expect to have more news by the end of the week.

Protection of Personal Information Bill: Portfolio Committee met yesterday

The Committee met on the 28th, but word is that they did not finish their deliberations. It is expected that they will vote on the Bill next week (the week of the 3rd of September) once a new draft has been prepared. The Bill will then be sent to the National Assembly for a final vote after which it will make its way to the National Council of Provinces for approval.

Once enacted, the Bill gives companies a year to comply with its provisions.

Protection of Personal Information Bill one step closer to being enacted?

According to this Business Day report the Justice Committee may vote on the Bill as early as next week after much deliberation by the Portfolio Committee over the past weeks. This means that the Bill will be one step closer to being tabled in parliament and becoming an Act.

Watch the August edition of the Consumer Law Review for an article on whether the Bill proposes an opt in or opt out approach to direct marketing.

Protection of Personal Information Bill is before the Justice Committee

The Protection of Personal Information Bill (POPI) is finally gaining momentum. Yesterday the discussion centred around whether the processing of information relating to criminal behavior (or conviction?) should be restricted. See the article in the Business Day for more information.

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