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.