South Africa’s Information Regulator has issued a warning to South Africans against posting personal information about people without their consent – this includes photographs.
The Information Regulator cited a recent incident in which photographs of former president Jacob Zuma was distributed through social media after he was taken to a facility of the Department of Correctional Services.
“The regulator has since sent a letter to the DCS requesting for the departmental measures that are in place to safeguard and prevent loss and unlawful access of personal information, such as photographs of new inmates. The Regulator has also requested the current status on this matter and the steps that the DCS have taken to mitigate any alleged breach.”
The Information Regulator said that “photographs clearly identifying an individual are regarded as personal information” in terms of the Protection of Personal Information Act and that the distribution of such material is regarded as the processing of personal information in terms of the act.
“The act prohibits the distribution of personal information without the consent of the individual that is being identified in the item being distributed. We urge the public to be informed about the rights of individuals in so far as the law is concerned and not engage in activity that violates another person’s rights or the provisions of the act through the distribution of personal information without the consent of the data subject.”
The Information Regulator also added that it expects that the necessary corrective action will be taken by the Department of Correctional Services to find those who breached the law and ensure that they are held accountable. They also expect that similar breaches of the law will not be repeated.
Sources: Business Tech, Affluencer
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