SA Information Regulator battling to cope

South Africa's information regulator is battling to cope with rising incidents of data breaches, and funding is a major problem. The regulator monitors compliance to prevent sensitive consumer information landing in the wrong hands. Credit bureau Experian has reported that personal details belonging to 24 million consumers and 800,000 businesses were handed over to an alleged fraudster. The regulator's chairperson Pansy Tlakula spoke to eNCA.

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's information regulator is battling to cope with rising incidents of data breaches, and funding is a problem.

The South African Information Regulator monitors compliance to prevent sensitive consumer information from landing in the wrong hands.

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Credit bureau Experian has reported that personal details belonging to 24-million consumers and 800,000 businesses were handed over to an alleged fraudster.

The regulator's chairperson, advocate Pansy Tlakula said they met with Experian management on Tuesday when the company shared a full report on the data breach.

Tlakula said the regulator requested more information on how the company would prevent data breaches from occurring in the future, how they had informed clients whose information was compromised and asked for information on the steps taken with law enforcement to investigate those involved.

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She said the company was also briefed on the additional provisions to the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) act giving enforcement powers to the regulator including the ability to levy fines of over R10 million and the ability to pursue criminal prosecution.

The new legislation is aimed at ensuring companies have adequate security measures when dealing with private information.

A one year grace period will be applied to allow for greater compliance.

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eNCA