Information Regulator seeks answers over massive data leak

About 27 gigabytes of data containing personal information of South Africans have been uploaded onto an insecure server.

FILE: Information Regulator chairperson Pansy Tlakula. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Information Regulator says it has written to the company behind the data leaks, which saw the personal details of 33 million people leaked, demanding an explanation.

About 27 gigabytes of data containing the names, full identity numbers, income, employment history and even home addresses of South Africans have been uploaded onto an insecure server.

It’s understood a property company called Jigsaw Holdings is responsible for the leak.

Information Regulator chairperson Pansy Tlakula says there needs to be an explanation from Jigsaw Holdings as to why they have the information and how it was leaked.

“They’ve admitted to inadequate safeguards to ensure the security of the information, so what we need to find out from them is what measures they will take to ensure that this does not happen again.”

She also says consumers should also be cautious when disclosing personal information.

“There are clauses that ask for permission to share users’ information and sometimes they say yes without thinking about the consequences.”

Investigations have been launched by the home affairs department, police and the information regulator.

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(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)