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Nerushka Deosaran is a technology lawyer based in Johannesburg. Nerushka focuses on data privacy, and has experience with various data privacy matters for a number of international and local clients. She has also been involved in numerous IT related transactions including large multi-jurisdictional outsourcing transactions and broadband network infrastructure projects. She also advises on media law issues, including the use of social media and industry regulation in terms of the Film and Publications Act.

The functions of the Information Regulator include:

  • to provide education about the Protection of Personal Information Act, for example, giving advice to data subjects in the exercise of their rights;
  • to monitor and enforce compliance with POPI;
  • to consult with interested parties;
  • to handle complaints;
  • to conduct research and to report to Parliament;
  • to issue

On Wednesday, 7 September 2016, the National Assembly approved the nomination of advocate Pansy Tlakula as the Chairperson of the Information Regulator for the Protection of Personal Information Act 2013 (POPI).

Four other appointments that were approved –

  • full-time members Advocate Lebogang Stroom and Johannes Weapond; and
  • part-time members Professor Tana Pistorius and Sizwe Snail.

An agreement has been reached between the justice department and national treasury regarding the salary grading for the South African Information Regulator. The nomination process in the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (POPI) for appointment of the Regulator will soon be initiated. Section 41 requires a multi-party committee of the National Assembly to assist