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Data Privacy Law update from Routledge Modise

All indications are that the Protection of Personal Information Bill (POPI) will be promulgated in the first quarter of 2013. On 11 September 2012 POPI was approved by the National Assembly. It now awaits approval from the National Council of Provinces before it can be sent to the President for his assent and signature. Briefings to this end have started to take place.

The Bill will become an Act on the date determined by the President by proclamation in the Government Gazette. This date is normally determined in negotiation with the relevant department, in this case the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development. Bearing in mind that preparations for the Act include the drafting of a number of regulations and the establishment of the new information regulator, it may be a while still.

Given that the Bill applies to all personal information, and not just information gathered after its commencement, suppliers will be given a year after commencement to conform.

If you have any questions and/or queries, please don't hesitate to contact Simone Monty at Routledge Modise Attorneys at 011 775 6335 or