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South Africa: Regulator initiates investigation into possible violations of POPIA by members of Police Service

The Information Regulator ('the Regulator') released, on 5 August 2022, a media statement in which it announced that it had initiated an investigation into possible violations of the Protection of Personal Information Act (Act No. 4 of 2013) ('POPIA') by members of the South Africa Police Service ('SAPS'). In particular, the Regulator outlined that it had taken a decision to conduct an own-initiative assessment under Section 89 of POPIA into alleged breaches following the release of personal details of the victims of the Krugersdorp attack. Accordingly, the Regulator will assess the measures implemented by the SAPS to safeguard personal information of victims in this case, which will establish the circumstances of the leak. Furthermore, the Regulator called for the sharing of the personal details across various media platforms to cease.

In addition, the Regulator recalled its duty to establish how violations occurred and take necessary corrective and punitive action, which includes fines and imprisonment.

You can read the media statement here.