Update on the progress of the Protection of Personal Information Bill

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The Portfolio Committee received a briefing from the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development on the work done by the Technical Committee on the Protection of Personal Information Bill on 19 June 2012. The Bill is now in its 7th Working Draft.

It is still expected that the Bill will be passed into law in the next 4 months. This means that all suppliers who process personal information should start familiarising themselves with the provisions of this Bill. To say that the Bill covers a wide range of activities is an understatement. Processing means the collection, receipt, organisation, collation, storage, updating or modification, retrieval, alteration, consultation or use, dissemination, distribution, merging, linking, restriction, degradation, erasure or destruction of information. (See Russell Opland’s article in the May/June 2012 edition of CLR for more information.)

The Bill has very specific implications for direct marketers. It will no longer be sufficient to (only) comply with the CPA.

(This was published in the July 2012 edition of Consumer Law Review (Juta Law Publishing).)