Protection of Private Information Act: Update
We all need to be aware of POPI (or POPIA, as the regulator now refers to it) requirements. At the first public briefing on 13 February:
No commencement date has been set. The Chairperson stated that POPI could only come into full operation once her office had all its affairs in order, which may take up to 2 years, but they are working towards achieving this by the end of 2017. Please ensure that you are POPU-ready, the 12 month grace period will be tight when the commencement date is announced.
Regulations are being drafted and international benchmarking is underway. The EU's new General Data Protection Regulation, in particular, will be considered to ensure consistency with international best practices.