COVID-19 and The Protection of Personal Information
Organisations have been eagerly awaiting the implementation of the remaining provisions of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) since the Information Regulator approached the President of South Africa earlier this year to issue a commencement date of 1 April 2020.
To date, however, there has been no notice published in the Government Gazette to this effect and accordingly, the remaining provisions of POPIA have not yet come into force.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty of the impact it will have in South Africa, it is understandable that Government is primarily focused on considering measures to be implemented to ‘flatten the curve’. In doing so, however, a significant amount of personal information will be involved in the process.