POPI ACT – what you need to know


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The Information Regulator is a new regulator that has been created by the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI Act). POPI gives the Information Regulator teeth – it has extensive powers to investigate and fine responsible parties. Data subjects will be able to complain to the Information Regulator and it will be able to take action on behalf of data subjects. It will regulate both POPIA and PAIA. It reports to Parliament and is the South African equivalent of the Information Commissioner in the UK. You can find other authorities in this list of data protection authorities, commissioners or regulators (DPAs).

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