POPIA: Role of the Information Officer

Information Officers are those individuals who the head of a public body or CEO of a private body registers with the Information Regulator in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information act and the Protection of Personal Information Act as Information officers or Deputy Information officers.

The Protection of Personal Information Act requires that the heads of public bodies and CEO’s of private bodies register with the Information Regulator details of the postal and street address, phone and fax number and, if available, electronic mail address of their Information officers and any Deputy Information Officers so that data subjects and the Information Regulator may contact these individuals regarding access to information and compliance with the conditions for lawful processing of personal information set out in the Protection of Personal Information Act.

The purpose of this seminar is to assist Information Officers and Deputy Information Officers understand their role and responsibilities in terms the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) and the Protection of Personal Information Act.

It is the responsibility of the “Information Officer” to encourage the organisation’s responsible parties to process personal information lawfully and in a reasonable manner that does not infringe the constitutional rights of individuals to privacy. Processing of personal information must comply with the eight conditions imposed by the Protection of Personal Information Act.

 

SEMINAR OBJECTIVES

Participants will receive an overview of the POPI Act and obtain a specific understanding of the role and responsibilities of the “Information Officer”.

On completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

 

SEMINAR OUTLINE

Participants will receive instruction about and discuss the role of an Information Officer, the requirements of the Promotion of Access to Information Act and the Protection of Personal Information Act. Participants will discuss practical examples of issues that an Information Officer is expected to deal with in the course of discharging his/her responsibilities.

This seminar includes topics about: