PAIA - Deadline for section 83(4) report less than a week away

​​The Information Regulator published a notice on 7 May 2023, inviting all private bodies to submit a report by Friday, 30 June 2023, detailing requests for access to the records of these private bodies

Whom the Information Regulator requested reports from:

  • Natural persons who are/have previously carried on any trade, business, or profession, but only in such capacity.
  • Partnerships that are/have previously carried on any trade, business, or profession.
  • Former or existing juristic persons (including external companies/foreign companies).
  • Political parties.

Consequences of non-compliance

It is not clear what the consequences of non-compliance with the notice are, however, the Information Regulator could potentially serve the head of the private body/information officer with an enforcement notice. Should an information officer or head of the private body fail to comply with the enforcement notice, he/she may be liable for a fine or imprisonment, or both. Moreover, the Information Regulator may conduct a compliance assessment on private bodies that fail to comply.

Next steps

  • Prepare your report, which must include:
  • all requests for access to records you hold;
  • whether the requests for access to information were responded to within the time frames stipulated in the Promotion of Access to Information Act; and
  • any internal appeals and the outcomes of those appeals.
  • Submit your report on the online portal, accessible at
  • Once on the online portal, you will be required to either sign up or sign in.

Our Data Protection & Information Management, Intellectual Property and Technology experts are available to assist private bodies with the preparation of the report and provide guidance through the submission process.



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