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The year that was: Data Privacy Stories of 2017

After International Data Privacy Day 2018, we revisit some of the headlining data privacy stories of 2017, both locally and internationally, in the world of privacy and data protection.

South Africa: Information Regulator – further developments Another year has passed and we move ever closer to the effective date of the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (“POPIA”) being proclaimed by Presidential proclamation in the Government Gazette (“Gazette”). Advocate Pansy Tlakula (“Tlakula”), the appointed chairperson of South Africa’s Information Regulator (“Regulator”), indicated in early 2017 that the Regulator is currently ensuring that its required personnel, financial and infrastructural requirements are in order, so that the effective date of POPIA may become a reality, thus triggering the 12-month grace period for compliance by both public and private organisations who process personal information.

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