On June 22, 2020, the South African President announced that certain provisions of POPIA would take effect on July 1, provisions which most regard as essential to the statute, such as those imposing conditions on the lawful processing of personal information, procedures for handling complaints, and general enforcement provisions. Only days later, the South African Information Regulator issued his own statement welcoming the coming into force of these crucial provisions, including those giving the regulator the power to impose administrative fines of up to 10 million ZAR (or over 500,000 Euros). Although there will be a 12-month grace period, organizations subject to the law are acting now.
Today’s episode is Part I of our “View from Johannesburg” series, and features Dan Cooper, Shivani Naidoo and Ahmed Mokdad.
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