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Researchers ‘need indemnity’ from South African privacy law


Technicians and scientists face potential liability, say legal scholars

Research organisations in South Africa must indemnify individual researchers from possible sanction by the Protection of Personal Information Act, legal scholars have argued.

Even technicians in research projects may be liable for sanction under the legislation, the authors warn, while in large consortia all partners may be deemed a responsible party. Sanctions include fines of up to R10 million (US$700,000) and prison sentences of up to 10 years.

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