Protection of Personal Information Bill is before the Justice Committee

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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.

The discussions on the Bill will continue today. It is rumoured that the Bill will be promulgated this year. I think that that is very optimistic. If I had to guess the first quarter of next year would be more optimistic. As things stand (i.e. if the drafters do not change the transitional provisions of the Bill) companies will have one year to comply.