EMERIO POPIA MANUAL
The Promotion of Access to Information Act, No. 2 of 2000 (the “PAIA”) seeks to give effect to the constitutional right to access information as contained in section 32 of the Bill of Rights. The PAIA seeks to advance the values of transparency and accountability.
The PAIA establishes certain statutory rights of requesters to access records of a private body if:
- that record is required for the exercise or protection of any rights;
- that requester complies with all the procedural requirements; and
- access is not refused in terms of any ground referred to in the PAIA.
The Protection of Personal Information Act, No. 4 of 2013 (the “POPI Act”) seeks to give effect to the constitutional right to privacy as contained in section 14 of the Bill of Rights. The POPI Act seeks to safeguard personal information by regulating the manner in which it may be processed by public and private bodies.