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Liberty Holdings could face a civil lawsuit from its clients or even fines, following a data breach at the company.

Liberty announced over the weekend that its servers were hacked, and some of its clients' personal information was compromised.

Chairperson of South Africa’s Information Regulator Advocate Pansy Tlakula says the Protection of Personal Information Act, known as the POPI ACT has not been finalised as yet.

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We cannot take punitive measures against companies.

Advocate Pansy Tlakula, Chairperson of South Africa’s Information Regulator

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Advocate Tlakula says if the act was fully in effect, they would have the powers to go into Liberty holdings and investigate the matter.

We would have been able to go into Liberty and conduct a full investigation with IT experts to inquire whether they complied with provisions of section 19 which talks the security safeguards.

Advocate Pansy Tlakula, Chairperson of South Africa’s Information Regulator

If we found that they haven't, we would then refer the matter to the enforcement committee.

Advocate Pansy Tlakula, Chairperson of South Africa’s Information Regulator

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This article first appeared on 702 : 'Liberty Holdings would be in more hot water if the POPI Act was in full effect'

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