Purpose of Act

Purpose of Act

2. The purpose of this Act is to—
(a) give effect to the constitutional right to privacy, by safeguarding personal
information when processed by a responsible party, subject to justifiable
limitations that are aimed at—

(i) balancing the right to privacy against other rights, particularly the right
of access to information; and
(ii) protecting important interests, including the free flow of information
within the Republic and across international borders;


(b) regulate the manner in which personal information may be processed, by
establishing conditions, in harmony with international standards, that
prescribe the minimum threshold requirements for the lawful processing of
personal information;


(c) provide persons with rights and remedies to protect their personal information
from processing that is not in accordance with this Act; and
(d) establish voluntary and compulsory measures, including the establishment of
an Information Regulator, to ensure respect for and to promote, enforce and
fulfil the rights protected by this Act.

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