The Protection of State Information Bill is a draft law in South Africa that deals with the classification and protection of state information. Some people call it the Secrecy Bill, POSIB or POSI. We prefer the acronym POSI. It will repeal the Protection of Information Act, 1982 (Act No. 84 of 1982).

POSI is really about National Security and should not be confused with the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI), which is South Africa’s data protection law. The Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill (CaC) is related to POSI in that it also deals with National Security. One the one hand you have POSI and CaC, and one the other you have PAIA and POPI. They are meant to balance each other.

The Protection of State Information Bill’s latest version

There have been many versions of it and sometimes it is hard to find the most recent. The most recent is version B6D and you can download a copy of POSI with our highlights in it.

What is the status of POSI?

It has been passed by Parliament and is currently on the President’s desk.