'Restaurants also at fault for providing employee info demanded by EFF'
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) hit the headlines on Wednesday when they arrived at Midrand restaurants to "check" the employment ratio between South Africans and foreign nationals.
Bruce Whitfield describes the scenes that ensued as "ridiculous showmanship".
The worst part was owners handing over information demanded by a political party! I would assume that the Department of Labour might be within its rights to go and check the employment status of workers; Home Affairs even... but a political party! It's thuggish, it's threatening and probably thoroughly illegal as well.Bruce Whitfield, The Money Show host
[In Pictures]: CIC @Julius_S_Malema addressing members of the media, after visiting restaurants at the mall of Africa today to check the employment ratio between South African citizens and foreign nationals. #MalemaRestaurantVisit pic.twitter.com/pWCWv4fJG0— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) January 19, 2022
[MUST WATCH]: CIC @Julius_S_Malema says South Africans will feel neglected if industries exclude them and employ only foreign nationals.— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) January 19, 2022
He adds that we must all share the little resources that we have, emphasizing that, sharing doesn't mean exclusion. #MalemaRestaurantVisit pic.twitter.com/RHkLJM1TiR
Bruce Whitfield interviews Ahmore Burger-Smidt, Head of of Data Privacy Practice and Cybercrime Practice at Werksmans Attorneys.
Does the action of the EFF mean that anyone can go into a workplace and demand a list of employees and their citizenship status?
Burger-Smidt's answer is 'an unequivocal no'.
If we just consider this from a data privacy angle or the Protection of Personal Information [Popi) Act, Popia clearly provides for the privacy of information of individuals - so the employees at these restaurants...Ahmore Burger-Smidt, Head of of Data Privacy Practice - Werksmans Attorneys
... but then also... for juristic entities, so the restaurant itself... They are entitled to the protection of their personal information...Ahmore Burger-Smidt, Head of of Data Privacy Practice - Werksmans Attorneys
To be frank, employee records or a list of employees and the details of those employees constitute the private information of the restaurant!Ahmore Burger-Smidt, Head of of Data Privacy Practice - Werksmans Attorneys
No-one can just come around and claim access to this information, she emphasizes.
Burger-Smidt says that, technically, the restaurants were also in breach of the Popi Act if they released the info to an unauthorised person.
The Popi Act requires that you safeguard the information and that you can only disclose it under certain circumstances, so you can't just make the information available to whoever walks through your door... You have to bring a Paia request...Ahmore Burger-Smidt, Head of of Data Privacy Practice - Werksmans Attorneys
She says that in this case, the affected employees are entitled to lodge a complaint with the Information Regulator.
Listen to the audio clip below for more detail:
Source : https://twitter.com/EFFSouthAfrica/status/1483727492573802497/photo/3