The Information Regulator of South Africa is developing an online portal for the registration of information officers (IOs) and deputy information officers (DIOs), which it says is expected to be live by the end of April.
Accordingly, the IR has published the Guidance Note for the registration of IOs and DIOs, in order to ensure proper understanding of the legislative requirements, as it makes the final preparations for the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA), which is set to kick in on 1 July.
The registration of IOs and/or DIOs is expected to commence on 1 May, and the IR is encouraging organisations and responsible parties to submit their applications for registration through the online portal.
“Responsible parties may also submit their applications as of 1May for the registration of IOs and/or DIOs, if any, by manually completing the application form attached to the Guidance Note.
“The application form for the registration of IOs and/or their DIOs can also be downloaded from the IR’s Web site. Responsible parties who have submitted their applications using the old forms are encouraged to re-apply using the online platform to register IOs.”
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