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Credit bureau Experian accidentally revealed personal details of about 24 million consumers and nearly 800,000 businesses to an anonymous individual who is now described as a fraudster.

This is known to be South Africa’s largest-ever data breach.

The Information Regulator has now been given a task to watch compliance so as to avoid landing sensitive consumer information into the incorrect hands.

However, the regulator has complained of getting limited resources with little or no support.

In June, the extra provisions to the Protection of private Information Act (POPIA) are put in situ in June and can be effected in 2021. this may hand enforcement powers to the regulator which incorporates the power to impose fines of over R10 million and also the freedom to travel after prosecution .

This new legislation is for the aim of ensuring companies are confident of adequate security measures in their dealings with private information.

Advocate Pansy Tlakula said meetings are held with Experian management variety of times and a contract has been awarded to a forensic analyst to require a glance into the investigation to the company’s internal investigation of the breach.

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