Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI Act)

Welcome to the Protection of Personal Information Act (often called the POPI Act or POPIA) in the form of a website so everyone can access it quickly on all devices. It is so much better than a POPI Act pdf. You can also link to (or share) a specific section. We hope it empowers you and you find it helpful. This is POPIA (or the POPI Act) as enacted by the South African Parliament, but we have reformatted it in the form of a website. The English text was signed by the President. We have shortened the names of some chapter’s in the navigation on the left to make it easier for you to navigate. We disclaim all liability.

You can read a summary of POPIA, attend a POPI workshop or join a programme to help you take the necessary action to comply.

The commencement date of POPIA

Parliament assented to POPIA on 19 November 2013. The commencement date of section 1, Part A of Chapter 5, section 112 and section 113 is 11 April 2014. The commencement date of the other sections is 1 July 2020 (with the exception of section 110 and 114(4). The President of South Africa has proclaimed the POPI commencement date to be 1 July 2020.

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Chapter 11  2

Chapter 23  4  5  6  7

Chapter 38  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17 18  19  20  21  22  23  24  25  26  27 28 29 30 31 32  33 34  35

Chapter 436  37  38

Chapter 539 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56

Chapter 657 58 59

Chapter 760 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68

Chatpter 869 70 71

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Chapter 1073 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99

Chapter 11100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109

Chapter 12110 111 112 113 114 115