PAIA stands for the Promotion of Access to Information Act and is commonly known as PAIA. The PAIA Act 2 of 2000 opens a door to gain access to information held by public and private bodies. All companies or rather organizations in South Africa must comply with the Act.
PAIA came into effect on the 9th of March 2001.
Who regulates PAIA?
PAIA is regulated by SAHRC, which stands for the South African Human Rights Commission; however, this will change to Information Regulator as soon as POPI commences. In 2013 the former president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, signed the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) into law.
The commencement date of POPI is to be determined by the President. POPI establishes an Information Regular (IR) and is an independent body that will be accountable to the National Assembly of Parliament.
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