South Africa’s POPIA rules have been updated ahead of the July deadline – what you should know
South Africa’s Information Regulator has confirmed that there will be no deadline for the registration of information officers and deputy information officers and that no responsible party will be held liable for not registering by 30 June 2021.
This decision follows technical glitches with the registration portal and numerous concerns raised by responsible parties regarding the registration process, the regulator said.
“The regulator is currently looking into alternative registration processes and will communicate this in due course.
“We understand that our portal malfunctioning has caused a lot of anxiety and panic and for that we really do apologise,” said chairperson of the Information Regulator, Pansy Tlakula.
She said that the registration of a chief executive officer as an Information Officer for multiple legal entities has been taken into consideration and it will be permissible.
The registration portal is currently being configured to accommodate these changes. When the registration portal has been updated it will be announced, Tlakula said.