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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.

For how long will Ebrahim Mohammed be acting commissioner?

I came across this article in the Citizen about Mr Mohammed's appointment. The bottom line is that Sidwell Medupe (the DTI spokesman) said that 'Mohammed will act with full powers granted to post until such time as the ‘‘processes’’ involved in securing a permanent candidate to full post has been completed' and that they are not sure how long the short-listing and interview process will take.

Ebrahim Mohamed is the new 'acting' consumer commissioner

The Department of Trade and Industry has announced this morning that Ebrahim Mohamed will have the task of righting the ship at the National Consumer Commission. Mr Mohamed has been appointed as the acting national consumer commissioner. Whether he will be able to turn things around remains to be seen, but it seems that we have seen the back of Mohlala-Mulaudzi and the personality clashes which seemed to dominate her stint has commissioner.

Mr Mohamed was the deputy national commissioner. I assume that this appointment is temporary.

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.

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