Massive South African database leak reveals private data of 60 million people

hj007

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#3
Don't know where it comes from, so who you going to sue? - and if it's the deeds office, isn't it basically public anyway?
 

sajunky

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#5
Massive indeed. However suggesting Deeds Office is not justified, as explained later in the article.
 

Hemi300c

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So the POPI creators have broken their own rules and act so are they going to be punished with their own prescribed punishment?

Typical anc, just typical.
 

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So the POPI creators have broken their own rules and act so are they going to be punished with their own prescribed punishment?

Typical anc, just typical.
How do you know this is a Government database? Fairly possible it isn't?
 

genetic

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#16
For once, I'm happy to not own anything in SA !
You think this is unique to SA? :crylaugh:

Heard of the Equifax leak that has just happened in the US?

The breach Equifax reported Thursday, however, very possibly is the most severe of all for a simple reason: the breath-taking amount of highly sensitive data it handed over to criminals. By providing full names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and, in some cases, driver license numbers
https://arstechnica.com/information...ossibly-the-worst-leak-of-personal-info-ever/
 
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#18
This is not news. Just some publicity stunt.

Home Affairs released marriage certificates of tens of millions of people with ID Numbers, addresses, etc. on them to a public website. No single person in SA, nor the government can ever claim POPI Act for protection nor will they ever be able to convict any person.

As for leaked government databases, I have seen the following with my own eyes:

1. Deeds (but there are not 40m records in it, not even remotely close)
2. Home Affairs
3. SARS
4. Pension Funds
5. Telkom
6. UIF
7. Cipro

This is just a few I can remember seeing this year alone.
 
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#20
This specific database rather seem to be a collection of information that came from credit companies such as ITC, Experian, XDS and the likes. All of these companies have tracing sections where lookups are not recorded on the credit profile. Most of these companies offer packages where you can do unlimited searches at a certain price. The data probably came from one of them.
 
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