SAHRC welcomes the Promulgation of Protection of Personal Info. ActFor comments email email@example.com [Back]
Attention: Editors and Reporters
03 December 2013
The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) welcomes the signing into law of the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (the Act) by the President.
The Commission looks forward to the commencement of this Act which introduces a new institution called the Information Regulator that will take over the powers and functions of the Commission in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) 2 of 2000.
The Commission is hopeful that this newly established institution with the enforcement powers assigned to it will be able to improve compliance with PAIA by public institutions and address the challenges facing PAIA implementation.
The Commission also welcomes the protection of the right to privacy of everyone and the right to seek redress for violations of the right in terms of the Act. This development is a significant one that also moves South Africa in a positive direction consistent with international practice.
SA Human Rights Commission