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Delays and fines loom as South African privacy law tightens

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Escalation of data protection rules means some projects need special permission

South African research projects that share sensitive personal data could be subject to delays or even multi-million-Rand fines unless they apply for special permission by February.

The warning comes in a letter issued by the Academy of Science of South Africa on 13 December, in which it updates the scientific community about the implementation of the country’s privacy act and its impact on research.

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