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Protection of Personal Information for South African Law Firms

Attorneys, by the nature of their practices, typically process vast amounts of personal information. Along with their professional duties of client confidentiality and the more limited but critically important attorney-and-client-privilege requirements, the importance of properly protecting personal information entrusted to attorneys cannot be underestimated.
As such, attorneys have a duty to familiarise themselves with their obligations to process personal information lawfully in terms of the Protection of Information Bill. Although the Bill is currently before the Justice Portfolio Committee, it is essential to prepare for the enactment of the legislation. The LSSA has compiled a guideline primarily as a tool to assist attorneys to do so.



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