The threats of cyber-attacks, corporate espionage, government surveillance and hacking are increasing exponentially. Companies are spending billions so as to address the problem by inculcating security capabilities, yet the solution to the problem seems afar. The threats are increasing every moment. Technology has outpaced human mind and capabilities long back.
South Africa-- Data Privacy, Data Protection & Human Rights Report, 2018 digs deep into the core issues surrounding threat of privacy breaches of users, businesses and government. Though the fourth industrial revolution is global in nature yet the ecosystem surrounding businesses have not changed. The threats of the fourth industrial revolution can only be solved by addressing the problem socially, legally and economically in the connected world with the help of technology.
The report has taken up a holistic approach to address various issues of this data driven economy. The constant struggle to protect the humongous amount of data can not merely be sorted out with the help of technology. Legal frameworks and regulations are necessary to keep an eye on the on-going activities and handling of data. There are various legal frameworks in South Africa that deals with such issues. The frameworks have specified authorities that have rights and obligations to secure the data and its usage.
Economy drives on value creation; value creation today is globally data driven, the medium is internet, the point of convergence is smartphone and the threats are anonymous. The report has analysed both the positive and negative side of the technology through case study and case law.
It has been noted that people often provide information for one reason and do not realise that it may be used for other purposes as well. Therefore, the laws in South Africa has prescribed specific principles for the lawful processing and use of personal information.
The electronic flow of data cross-border has led to a concern that data protection legislation will simply be circumvented by the transfer of personal information to countries where privacy-protecting legislation will not apply and where information will be processed without any hindrance. Problems like this are addressed in the report by stating the specific legal provisions that needs to be applied by the companies who deal with large amount of cross border data flow.
The regulation of the collection, use, and processing of personal information through legislation is an internationally accepted practice. Not only will individuals and organisations in the private sector gain with data privacy legislation or a data protection Act but it is also important for trade, as concerns around information privacy can create barriers to international trade.
The report is has provided a comprehensive analysis of all the issues around data privacy, protection and internet security.
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