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Media Statement: Election campaigning and processing of personal information of Voters, 14 October 2021
The Information Regulator reminds all political parties that they must ensure lawful processing of personal information as prescribed in the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) 4 of 2013.

Media Invite:Information Regulator to host International Day for universal access to Information Day Webinar, 23 September 2021
The Information Regulator will host the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) Webinar, on the 28th of September 2021. The theme for this year is, “Effective access to information as a human right for vulnerable groups”.

Media Statement:Information Regulator’s IT systems affected by a ransomware attack on the Department of Justice & Constitutional Development, 13 September 2021
The Information Regulator notes with concern media reports and an official public statement from the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ&CD), released on 09 September 2021, that its Information Technology (IT) systems suffered a security breach that was caused by a ransomware attack. The breach took place on the evening of 06 September 2021.

Media Statement: Information Regulator warns against the processing of Personal Information of data subjects without their consent, 13 Jul 2021
The Information Regulator notes with concern the photographs of former President Jacob Zuma distributed through social media taken at a facility of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS).

Media Statement:Information Regulator to take over PAIA functions from the South African Human Rights Commission, 29 June 2021
As of 30 June 2021 the Information Regulator will be taking over the regulatory mandate functions relating to the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) 2000.

Media Statement:Invitation for applications for exemptions from a condition for lawful processing of personal information, 22 Jun 2021
Responsible parties may submit their applications for exemption from a condition for lawful processing of personal information, in terms of section 37 of POPIA.

Media Statement:Developments ahead of enforcement powers coming into effect, 22 Jun 2021
The Information Regulator has confirmed that there will be no deadline for registration of Information officers (IO) and Deputy Information Officers (DIO); this means that no responsible party will be held liable for not registering by 30 June 2021. This decision follows technical glitches with the registration portal and numerous concerns raised by responsible parties regarding the registration process.

Media Statement:Information Regulator to take further action regarding the WhatsApp Privacy Policy, 13 May 2021
On the 15th of May 2021, WhatsApp will require users to accept new terms and conditions for using the App. The Information Regulator (Regulator) has after correspondence, written to WhatsApp LLC and requested it to revise the privacy policy in South Africa to the standard used in the European Union (EU). The Regulator has received no agreement from WhatsApp. Under the circumstances the Regulator is briefing attorneys to prepare an opinion on the way forward in terms of litigation.

Media Statement:Information Regulator publishes the Guidance Note for Registration of Information Officers, 01 Apr 2021
The Information Regulator (IR) of South Africa has published the Guidance Note for the registration of Information Officers (IOs) and Deputy Information Officers (DIOs), in order to ensure proper understanding of the legislative requirements.

Media Statement:100 day countdown to be POPIA compliant, 24 March 2021
Today marks 100 days to the deadline for public and private bodies to ensure that their processing of personal information conforms to the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA). In preparation for the full implementation and enforcement of POPIA on 1 July 2021, the Information Regulator (IR) has prioritised the following processes .

Media Statement:Information Regulator SA provides legal analysis on Whatsapp Privacy Policy, 03 Mar 2021
The Information Regulator (IR) South Africa has noted with concern the statement released by WhatsApp, detailing changes that a user will face if they ignore Facebook’s terms by the May 15 deadline. If users will not accept the terms, for a short time these users will be able to receive calls and notifications, but will not be able to read or send messages from the app.

Media Statement:Information Regulator’s IT systems affected by a ransomware attack on the Department of Justice & Constitutional Development, 13 September 2021
The Information Regulator notes with concern media reports and an official public statement from the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ&CD), released on 09 September 2021, that its Information Technology (IT) systems suffered a security breach that was caused by a ransomware attack. The breach took place on the evening of 06 September 2021.

Media Statement: Information Regulator warns against the processing of Personal Information of data subjects without their consent, 13 Jul 2021
The Information Regulator notes with concern the photographs of former President Jacob Zuma distributed through social media taken at a facility of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS).

Media Statement:Information Regulator to take over PAIA functions from the South African Human Rights Commission, 29 June 2021
As of 30 June 2021 the Information Regulator will be taking over the regulatory mandate functions relating to the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) 2000.

Media Statement:Invitation for applications for exemptions from a condition for lawful processing of personal information, 22 Jun 2021
Responsible parties may submit their applications for exemption from a condition for lawful processing of personal information, in terms of section 37 of POPIA.

Media Statement:Developments ahead of enforcement powers coming into effect, 22 Jun 2021
The Information Regulator has confirmed that there will be no deadline for registration of Information officers (IO) and Deputy Information Officers (DIO); this means that no responsible party will be held liable for not registering by 30 June 2021. This decision follows technical glitches with the registration portal and numerous concerns raised by responsible parties regarding the registration process.

Media Statement:Information Regulator to take further action regarding the WhatsApp Privacy Policy, 13 May 2021
On the 15th of May 2021, WhatsApp will require users to accept new terms and conditions for using the App. The Information Regulator (Regulator) has after correspondence, written to WhatsApp LLC and requested it to revise the privacy policy in South Africa to the standard used in the European Union (EU). The Regulator has received no agreement from WhatsApp. Under the circumstances the Regulator is briefing attorneys to prepare an opinion on the way forward in terms of litigation.

Media Statement:Information Regulator publishes the Guidance Note for Registration of Information Officers, 01 Apr 2021
The Information Regulator (IR) of South Africa has published the Guidance Note for the registration of Information Officers (IOs) and Deputy Information Officers (DIOs), in order to ensure proper understanding of the legislative requirements.

Media Statement:100 day countdown to be POPIA compliant, 24 March 2021
Today marks 100 days to the deadline for public and private bodies to ensure that their processing of personal information conforms to the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA). In preparation for the full implementation and enforcement of POPIA on 1 July 2021, the Information Regulator (IR) has prioritised the following processes .

Media Statement:Information Regulator SA provides legal analysis on Whatsapp Privacy Policy, 03 Mar 2021
The Information Regulator (IR) South Africa has noted with concern the statement released by WhatsApp, detailing changes that a user will face if they ignore Facebook’s terms by the May 15 deadline. If users will not accept the terms, for a short time these users will be able to receive calls and notifications, but will not be able to read or send messages from the app.

Engaging on POPIA and PAIA Compliance Webinar by the Information Regulator (South Africa) on 27 July 2021
View the transcript of the POPIA and PAIA Compliance Webinar [PDF]
View the PAIA Presentation or view the POPIA Presentation [PDF]

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