Cabinet has approved the Protection of Personal Information Bill to go before Parliament.
The draft law has been nine years in the making and will have a profound impact on business, lawyers say.
Yesterday, Cabinet spokesman Themba Maseko said the Bill was drafted by the South African Law Commission and seeks to protect the constitutional right to privacy as far as processing of personal information is concerned.
Dominic Cull, legal representative for the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA), says: “It will be interesting to see how the privacy Bill interacts with other laws, such as the Promotion of Access to Information Act and the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act.”
Cull says ISPA hopes this draft law will adequately deal with the whole issue of spam, which is not catered for properly in the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act.
Michalson says the key aspect of the privacy law will be the adequate funding and staffing of the Information Commission, which will be set up to guide companies on what will be considered as private information.
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