The POPI Regulator has received an allocation in the 2016 National Treasury Budget tabled in Parliament. It is interesting because it gives us an indication of what the regulator will look like and when it is likely to be established. There is now no doubt that it will be established, which is good news for individuals and their privacy. It appears that Parliament will appoint someone this year and it will start its work.
Budget for the POPI Regulator
For its establishment and capacitation, the Minister of Finance has allocated:
- R10 million for the 2016/17 financial year,
- R26 million for 2017/2018, and
- R27 million for 2018/2019.
What the Budget says about the POPI Regulator
In analysing the expenditure it states that “the department will also focus on deepening individuals’ constitutional right to privacy by establishing the Information Regulator“.
State Legal Services has one of the fastest growing budgets
It also states that “the Protection of Personal Information Act (2013) aims to promote the protection of personal information processed by public and private institutions. The Information Regulator, established by the act, will deepen individuals’ constitutional right to privacy by ensuring that personal information held by institutions is safeguarded and only used for its intended purpose. Establishing the Information Regulator gives the State Legal Services programme one of the fastest growing budgets in the department, at an average annual rate of 7.1 per cent over the medium term. The funds will provide for the employment of 12 administrative personnel and their office requirements.” This is from the Estimates of National Expenditure 2016.