On Monday 22 June 2020, Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa announced that more provisions of the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act will come into force on 1 July 2020.
The POPI Act gives effect to section 14 of the constitution, which provides that everyone has the right to privacy. The act promotes the protection of personal information processed by public and private bodies and seeks to balance the right to privacy against other rights, such as access to information.
The Act has been put into operation incrementally, with a number of sections implemented in April 2014. Some of these sections include those relating to the establishment of the Information Regulator. The members of the Information Regulator took office on 1 December 2016.