Sections of The Protection Of Personal Information Act Commenced
The protection of personal information act, no 4 of 2013 promotes the Protection Of Personal Information by public and private bodies. The information regulator is, among others, empowered to monitor and enforce compliance by public and private bodies with the provisions of the promotion of access to information act, 2000 (act 2 of 2000), and the protection of personal information act, 2013 (act 4 of 2013).
The information regulator (South Africa) is an independent body established in terms of section 39 of the Protection Of Personal Information act 4 of 2013. It is subject only to the law and the constitution and it is accountable to the national assembly.
The Presidency (2020) stated: The act has been put into operation incrementally, with a number of sections of the act having been implemented in April 2014. Some of these sections include those relating to the establishment of the information regulator. The members of the information regulator took office on 1 December 2016. Many of the remaining provisions of the act could only be put into operation at a later stage as they require a state of operational readiness for the information regulator to assume its powers, functions and duties in terms of the act. (p.1)
Certain sections of the act (sections 2 to 38; sections 55 to 109; section 111; and section 114 (1), (2) and (3)) have been made effective as of 1 July 2020 by president Cyril Ramaphosa, given under his hand and the seal of the republic of South Africa at Hyde Park on the 17 day of June 2020. Companies will be given a year’s grace period to comply with the act, unless this grace period is extended as allowed by the act.