We awaited the full enactment of the Protection of Personal Information Act (Popia) scheduled for April 1, but it didn’t happen. With everyone getting to grips with the lockdown and uncertainty over the true effect of Covid-19 in SA, it is understandable that the government is occupied with considering all possible options to “flatten the curve”.

However, a huge amount of personal information is undoubtedly informing this process. As part of the attempt to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, on March 25 communications, telecommunications & postal services minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams announced that cellphone data would be used to help curb the spread of the virus...

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