Protection of Personal Information (POPIA) & the Right to Access to Information (PAIA)

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In South Africa, POPIA regulates the Protection of Personal Information. PAIA regulates the right to Access to Information. Both are monitored and enforced by the Information Regulator.

  1.   Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013
  2.   Regulations relating to the Protection of Personal Information, 2018
  3.   Guidance Note on Information Officers and Deputy Information Officers, 1 April 2021
  4.   Guidance Note on the Processing of Personal Information in the Management and Containment of Covid-19 Pandemic
  5.   Guidance note on exemptions from the conditions for lawful processing of personal information
  6.   Guidance note on processing personal information of children
  7.   Guidance note on processing of special personal information



  1.   Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000
  2.   PAIA Amendment Act, 2019
  3.   (Draft) Regulations relating to the Promotion of Access to Information, 2021
  4.   PAIA Manual : Exemptions