The Recently Published ‘Protection of Personal Information’ Act

The Information Regulator recently published the ‘Regulations relating to the Protection of Personal Information’ in the Government Gazette. First time you’re hearing about it? That might be because it was published on 14 December last year, right when we were all logging off and switching on our ‘out of office’ responses for the festive season.
What does it mean? Well essentially, this will affect all website owners who collect visitors’ data for any reason. Regardless of the timing, in terms of Section 114 (1) of the Act, ‘All processing of personal information must within one year after the commencement of this section be made to conform to this Act’. In the absence of any further statements or notifications from the Regulator, we must assume that this means we will need to comply by the end of 2019.
What are the regulations? You can find a copy of the Act online here.
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