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Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) - showing amendments just approved by Parliament
June 11, 2003

See the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Amendment Act, 2007

See the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Amendment Act, 2004

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[Activate Track Changes in the MS Word document to see the deletions and insertions made to the principal Act by the amendments.]

The amendments concerned are not yet law (they will not have the force of law until the Access to Information and protection of Privacy Amendment Act, 2003, No. 5 of 2003, has been signed by the President and published in the Government Gazette).

In addition, the text approved by Parliament is still subject to editorial correction by Parliament of typos, grammatical mistakes before the final version of the amending Act is printed and presented to the President for assent.

So the attachment is, as it were, merely a preview of the effect of the amendments. The production of an authentic consolidated version of the principal Act must await the official publication of Act No. 5 of 2003. The attachment is made available to you on that basis.

A brief history
The original Bill was HB 9, 2002. It was with the Parliamentary Legal Committee for some time. It became known that the Parliamentary Legal Committee (PLC) had concerns about clauses 3, 7, 10, 11, 19, 20 and 25, presumably presaging an adverse report on the Bill.

Before any report was presented by the PLC, Parliament on the 13 May 2003 approved a motion moved by the Minister of Justice to replace HB 9 with a new consolidated text of the Bill which would be treated as having had its First Reading and having been referred to the PLC.

The new consolidated text was said to have accommodated the concerns of the PLC about the clauses mentioned above. It was not printed by the Government Printer or published in the Government Gazette.

The computer print-out of the new consolidated text, labelled HB 9A, 2002, was the document before the PLC and Parliament. In due course HB 9A received a non-adverse report from the PLC on 20 May 2003, and proceeded to Second Reading and Committee Stage.

During the Committee Stage clauses 9 and 18 of HB 9A were replaced by new clauses which were approved by Parliament.

As required by the Constitution, the amended HB 9A went back to the PLC for further consideration, and the PLC returned a second non-adverse report on 11 June 2003. So what eventually received a Third Reading in Parliament (and what has been used in the preparation of the attachment) was HB 9A as amended by the substitution of new clauses 9 and 18.

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