Mobile networks in South Africa store your mobile call data records, including location information, for at least three years, MTN told MyBroadband.
This is necessary to comply with the legislative framework in South Africa.
One of the laws governing the data operators must store, and how long they must store it for, is the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act (RICA).
“Other legislation such as the Companies Act requires us to store certain client records for a period of five years,” added Cell C.
For that reason, Cell C stores call data records, which also contain location information, for the full five years.
Clients may access the data mobile networks have stored about them by invoking the Promotion of Access to Information Act Nr. 2 of 2000 (PAIA).
Cell C and MTN said they may release the data to you if you lodge a legitimate PAIA application with them.