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Personal Information Bill Referred Back to Parliament

PRIVACY LAW—SOUTH AFRICA

September 12, 2012

The Protection of Personal Information Bill has been referred back to Parliament for a second reading and further debate, reports Business Report. A portfolio committee on justice and constitutional development ruled unanimously in favor of the bill, which would provide a regulatory framework for the ways in which personal data may be processed. The bill is “expected to have a significant impact on the manner in which private and public bodies process personal or identifying information as it aims to protect the free flow of information” and information access while protecting privacy, the report states. One expert advised organizations to look at the bill’s various requirements and consider steps toward compliance.
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