Tlakula: Data leak by Jigsaw Holdings put SA into disrepute

Data containing names, identity numbers and home addresses of 33 million South Africans haven't been uploaded onto an unsecured server.

FILE: Pansy Tlakula. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG – The Information Regulator says the data leak by real estate company, Jigsaw Holdings, has put the country into disrepute and should be accounted for.

Data containing names, identity numbers and home addresses of 33 million South Africans haven't been uploaded onto an unsecured server.

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

Information Regulator’s chairperson Pansy Tlakula says the leak has put the country in a compromising position.

“What has happened has actually put our whole country into disrepute because we have personal information of persons that was not recorded and it’s now all over the place.”

She says there will be stringent repercussions.

However, the Protection of Personal Information Act has not been passed yet.

“So you see if the Act had come into existence for a maximum fine that is allowed to fine up to R10 million. We can’t go ahead with that fine because the Act hadn’t been passed.”

The regulator has requested an explanation from Jigsaw on why they had the data and how it was leaked.