Wednesday, September 11, 2013

South Africa Approves Personal Data Protection Legislation

The South African Parliament passed the Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Bill on August 22, 2013.

This is South Africa's first comprehensive data protection legislation. Compliance would be required within one year of the law taking effect, but the Information Protection Regulator may extend this transitional period to up to three years.

"PoPI incorporates several data protection “conditions,” including accountability, transparency, and limitations on processing of personal data tied to data subject consent, data collection minimization, and purpose specification."
- Bloomberg BNA
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Sources:
(a) South Africa Passes Comprehensive Personal Data Protection Legislation - www.huntonprivacy.com, 08/30/2013

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