South Africa’s newly created Information Regulator says it will be doing its part to raise awareness around the legislation and facts surrounding the storing and process of personal information.
Following waves of questions and concerns on the topic, which flooded the regulator even before it became operational, the body has decided to allow the public until 7 November to comment on draft regulations informing how the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) will be implemented.
In a media briefing on Wednesday, chairperson Pansy Tlakula explained that people getting unsolicited calls, messages and emails from direct marketing companies must have the assurance that there is legislation safeguarding their details.
She adds that the act lays down protection against unwanted electronic marketing or spam, thus not allowing companies to process personal information for direct marketing purposes without consent.
In this sense, the regulator will have two main responsibilities.
Tlakula says the regulator will serve to educate the public until it becomes fully operational in 2018. This responsibility will remains after its operations begin, but its priority will be shifted to ensure that POPIA is safeguarded and not infringed upon by companies and other entities which make use of private data from South Africans.
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