Protection of Personal Information Bill: deliberations continued

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Justice and Correctional Services

08 April 2010
Chairperson: Mr J Jeffery (ANC) (Acting)
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Meeting Summary

The Committee continued with its clause-by-clause analysis of the Bill. The discussions focused largely on issues of fitness to hold office in the office of the regulator. Matters pertaining to citizenship, residence status and age of office bearers also took centre stage in the discussions. It was finally agreed that a provision requiring an individual to be the only appropriate rider for one to occupy the Office of the Regulator. Other contentious provisions that received much attention included curtailing the powers of the Regulator to compel any person to come and testify, matter relating to information and consent facilitated through the use of automated decision making. Other issues that remained unresolved were, among others, the remuneration strategy of members serving in the Office of the Regulator, attorney-client privilege issues and whether or not to make a provision for the issuing of warning before penalty was imposed for violating the Act. The time required by business as part of the transitional arrangements before complying with the Act was said to remain as stipulated in the Bill, however, individual business establishments could seeks time extension provided they gave a motivation why such should be granted.  The Committee resolved to meet again in due course to finalise the provisions under part B of chapter 3 of the Bill.

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