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Cynthia Chassigneux

2 septembre 2013

Afrique du Sud: vers une loi sur la protection des renseignements personnels

Le 22 août 2013, le Parlement de la République d'Afrique du Sud a approuvé le projet de loi sur la protection des renseignements personnels (Protection of Personal Information Bill) et, avant d'entrer en vigueur ce dernier doit être sanctionné par le président. 
"The National Assembly has unanimously approved all the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) amendments to the Protection of Personal Information Bill, which effectively means that Parliament has now approved this Bill and this is a welcome development.
The Protection of Personal Information Bill gives expression to the right to privacy provided for in the Constitution. The right to privacy includes the right to protection against unlawful collection, retention, dissemination and use of anyone’s personal information.
The Bill is comprehensive and regulates the manner in which personal information may be processed, by establishing conditions in harmony with international standards that prescribe the minimum threshold requirements for the lawful processing of personal information.
As a means of achieving its objectives, the Bill establishes the Office of the Information Regulator as an independent, statutory body, accountable to the National Assembly. The Information Regulator, amongst other duties and functions, will take over from the Human Rights Commission powers and functions relating to the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA).
The Bill has been referred to the President for his assent.
Issued by Parliamentary Communication Services on behalf of the Chairperson for the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional Development, Mr Luwellyn Landers."
(Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, News, August 22, 2013)

PARLIAMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA, "Protection of Personal Information Bill Approved", News, August 22, 2013.

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