RENEWED HOPE FOR SOUTH AFRICA’S PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFO ACT TO BE ENFORCED

The appointment of the former chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Pansy Tlakula, as South Africa' Information Regulator, has brought hope that the date for enforcement of the Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act will soon be announced.

President Jacob Zuma recently appointed Tlakula to be South Africa's first Information Regulator. and she will take office on Dec 1.

"We have been waiting for this. Personal information is now extremely valuable on the black market. It's nice to know that companies will have to account for what they do with our data," says Alison Treadaway of digital technology company Striata.

The office of the regulator has been established to uphold the information rights of South Africans in accordance to the PoPI Act, which is aimed at ensuring that institutions are held responsible for how they conduct themselves when dealing with collecting, processing, storing and sharing people's personal information.

Personal information protected under the Act includes Identity Document (ID) Number, criminal record, and marital status. Under the Act, citizens have the right to decide who has access to their information, what it is used for and even where it is stored.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.

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