Access to Information

/Access to Information

Access to Information is regulated by law in many countries around the world. It is key to balance this important right with the right to privacy. We can help you understand your obligations and rights and give you advice on how to proceed.

The Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 of 2000 (PAIA, or PAI Act) governs how you can apply to access information. In terms of the PAIA all private bodies (entities mentioned above as defined in PAIA) and public bodies (mainly state departments and state administrations as defined in PAIA) must give access to their records if a party requests a record in terms of PAIA.

In the post below you will find some of our key insights and thoughts on Access to Information in the posts below. We look forward to being of assistance to you as you navigate accessing information and ensuring privacy and data protection.

Data protection audit by an authority | GDPR audit

Data protection authorities around the world have started to do a data protection audit (or GDPR audit) on controllers to check that they comply with data protection law. Essentially, the authority compares your organisation to a data protection law [...]

Access to information and data protection in elections

We need free and fair elections in order for democracy to work. Two key aspects of ensuring that the people's voice is heard is access to information (transparency or shining a light on the process) and data protection (processing of [...]

International Conference of Information Commissioners ICIC 2019

I attended the 11th International Conference of Information Commissioners (ICIC) on 10-14 March 2019 in Johannesburg South Africa with the theme "International cooperation to strengthen public access to information". I found it very interesting and many asked me about the [...]

By |2019-03-18T20:11:11+02:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: Access to Information, POPI and Data Protection|

Access to Information Book

The access to information book was published by LexisNexis in May 2016. The book is written by Ronée Michelle Robinson. Access to information is based on the right to access to information in South Africa.  The book focuses on the [...]

PAIA Manual deadline extended again!

The Justice Minister has once again exempted most organisations from having to compile a PAIA manual. The PAIA manual deadline has been extended, again. As we previously predicted, the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services has "decided to further exempt [...]

Is the PAIA Manual Deadline upon us?

You may have received an alarming email warning you to submit your PAIA manual or risk missing the deadline of 31 December 2015. December is fast approaching and you're wondering whether you need one. According to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) website, [...]

One for the Group or each Entity within the Group?

The Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) states that the head of a private body is the Information Officer, and they should compile a PAIA manual for the private body and update the manual regularly (unlesss exempt). According to [...]

By |2019-07-05T10:08:40+02:00March 16th, 2015|Categories: Access to Information|Tags: , , |

Promotion of Access to Information Amendment Bill

The Promotion of Access to Information Amendment Bill seems to be dead in the water. The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development invited interested parties to submit written comments on the Draft Promotion of Access to Information Amendment Bill, back in [...]

By |2019-03-11T22:07:45+02:00January 26th, 2015|Categories: Access to Information|Tags: , |

Do I need an Access to Information Manual?

Do you need an Access to Information Manual? What is it anyway? The Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) says that larger public and private bodies need to create a 'manual' that contains, amongst other things: The postal and [...]

By |2019-03-11T23:32:28+02:00January 15th, 2015|Categories: Access to Information|Tags: , , |

Your PAIA Manual and POPIA | Action required

Do you already have a PAIA Manual or Access to Information Manual? Are you wondering whether it is in-line with the latest laws and regulations in South Africa? Is your PAIA Manual in-line with POPIA (Protection of Personal Information Act)? POPIA amended [...]

By |2019-03-11T22:48:18+02:00September 16th, 2013|Categories: Access to Information|Tags: , , , |