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POPIA: A Brief Overview

Protection of Personal Information Act

This act applies to the processing and management of personal information. The commencement date of section 1, Part A of Chapter 5, section 112 and section 113 was 11 April 2014. The commencement date of the other sections was 1 July 2020 (with the exception of sections 110 and 114(4).


The Act Aims To:

  • Give effect to the constitutional right to privacy;

  • Regulate the manner in which personal information may be processed;

  • Provide persons with rights and remedies to protect their personal information; and

  • Establish voluntary and compulsory measures, including the establishment of an Information Regulator, to ensure respect for and to promote, enforce and fulfil the rights protected by this Act.