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South Africa’s wide-ranging data protection and privacy act is to come into effect on Wednesday, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced, in a move designed to bring the nation’s data laws in line with the type of regulations common across the developed world.

The long awaited Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPI) will come into effect on July 1, and businesses will have 12 months to become compliant.

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Jennigay Coetzer

Jennigay Coetzer is the Africa correspondent for Law.com International. She writes about lawyers and legal issues in South Africa and across the continent. Her coverage includes the business of law, global and domestic law firms, in-house legal departments and regulatory issues. She can be reached at [email protected]

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