Protection of Personal Information Bill returns to the National Assembly

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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.

Once it is signed the President must publish the commencement date of the Bill in the Government Gazette. Once that is done businesses will have one year to become compliant.

Want to get a head start? I have written six introductory articles about the Bill in the monthly Consumer Law Review. The newsletters are available at www.jutalaw.co.za (under newsletters). You can subscribe (for free) by creating a profile.