Update on POPI

Chairperson of the Information Regulator, Advocate Pansy Tlakula, recently sent a request to President Cyril Ramaphosa to declare that the remaining provisions of the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (“POPIA”) commence on 1 April 2020 (“Commencement Date”).

It is expected that the president will act on this request. A responsible party (ie, a public or private body or any other person which, alone or in conjunction with others, determines the purpose of and means for processing personal information) will then be given a one year transitional period after the commencement Date to comply with its provisions. That means that organisations will have to be POPIA-compliant by 31 March 2021.

It is therefore crucial for companies to start their POPIA compliance programmes as soon as possible.

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