We trust that by now your information officer is appointed and your privacy and data-use policies are updated and aligned with the provisions of the Protection of Personal Information Act, Act 04 of 2013 (the ”Act”).

If not, do not fear, as the Information Regulator is experiencing ‘technical glitches’ and issued a notice stating that should information officers not be appointed by the 1st of July 2021, you will not be held accountable. However, we continue to urge every ‘responsible party’ to ensure it is compliant with the Act as soon as possible. The cost of non-compliance with the Act from the 01st of July 2021, may result in severe penalties, which may include imprisonment or a fine of up to R10 million.

If you are struggling to navigate the terms and provisions of the Act on your road to compliance, you are welcome to contact one of our data-use and privacy law specialists for assistance. We have range of services to assist you and your company, from a GAP analysis to complete implementation.

This article is a general information sheet and should not be used or relied on as legal or other professional advice. No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information herein. Always contact your legal adviser for specific and detailed advice. Errors and omissions excepted (E&OE)

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