Call for comment: Guidelines on the registration of information officers under the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA)
The South African Information Regulator has called for comment on the draft Guidelines on the Registration of Information Officers (draft Guidelines), published in terms of the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPIA).
Section 55(2) of POPIA requires information officers to be registered with the Information Regulator. The duties of an information officer include encouraging compliance with the conditions for the lawful processing of personal information; dealing with requests made in terms of POPIA; working with the Information Regulator in relation to investigations conducted; and otherwise ensuring compliance with the provisions of POPIA.
The draft Guidelines include provisions regarding the following:
- Who should be registered as an information officer;
- Obligations and liabilities;
- Duties of the information officer;
- Designation of an information officer;
- Training of information officers and deputy information officers;
- Delegation of authority by an information officer to a deputy information officer; and
- Procedure for the registration of an information officer.
The deadline for submissions on the draft Guidelines is 16h00 on 16 August 2020 and can be sent via email to [email protected].
The draft Guidelines are accessible here.
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