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Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (Act No. 4 of 2013)

Chapter 10 : Enforcement

82. Issue of warrants



(1) A judge of the High Court, a regional magistrate or a magistrate, if satisfied by information on oath supplied by the Regulator that there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that—
(a) a responsible party is interfering with the protection of the personal information of a data subject; or
(b) an offence under this Act has been or is being committed,

and that evidence of the contravention or of the commission of the offence is to be found on any premises specified in the information, that are within the jurisdiction of that judge or magistrate, may, subject to subsection (2), grant a warrant to enter and search such premises.


(2) A warrant issued under subsection (1) authorises any of the Regulator’s members or staff members, subject to section 84, at any time within seven days of the date of the warrant to enter the premises as identified in the warrant, to search them, to inspect, examine, operate and test any equipment found there which is used or intended to be used for the processing of personal information and to inspect and seize any record, other material or equipment found there which may be such evidence as is mentioned in that subsection.