Information Regulator supports the move to stop publishing matric results

The Information Regulator of South Africa has famous the determination of the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to stop the publication of matric results on public platforms, ostensibly in compliance with the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA).

The regulator stated the DBE is empowered to resolve on how to deliver its actions or selections in compliance with POPIA.

Earlier this week the division introduced that matric results will now not be printed on public platforms, citing the Protection of Personal Information Act.

The regulator met with the division on Wednesday to talk about its determination not to publish the matric results in compliance with POPIA and the circumstances that have to be adhered to in doing so.

“It is the view of the regulator that DBE has an obligation to be certain that matriculants obtain their results and that each one matriculants can entry the results in an acceptable method.

POPIA offers clear guidelines for the safeguarding of personal data.

“These rules include, for example, a requirement for agreement between the department and a dissemination platform prescribing how that platform should process the personal information,” stated the regulator.

“Such an agreement should bind the platform on processing personal information in terms of POPIA, with a specific requirement for the safeguarding of personal information supplied to the dissemination platform,” the regulator stated.

In cases the place personal data associated to results is being disseminated, the regulator defined that matriculants have to be made conscious of the intention to publish their data and their proper to object thereof.

“POPIA would also require that the matriculants be advised of such an intention to disseminate the information and be advised of their right to object to such dissemination of information,” the regulator stated.

The regulator added that when an objection has been made, the division has an obligation to take away the complainant’s personal data earlier than publishing.

(Compiled by Narissa Subramoney)

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