Government is illegally hoarding your private data: DA

The DA has accused Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi of unlawful conduct following the emergence of a letter in which the minister apparently instructed the Council of Medical Schemes (CMS) to collect private data about medical scheme members in order maintain a ‘Beneficiary Registry’ of members.

The letter instructs all medical schemes, administrators and regulated private health care funding entities to furnish the CMS with regular updated electronic records pertaining to basic personal and demographic (including domicile) details of all members and their beneficiaries, as stored on their respective member management systems.

It excludes information related to the medical history of medical scheme members.

Speaking in parliament today, DA Shadow Minister of Health, Wilmot Jamescalled government’s collection of “very private, sensitive information” unconstitutional and in flagrant violation of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI).

The leaked letters indicate that the registry was being used to “monitor the impact of current policies and identifying medical scheme members who access services in the public sector”.

Several medical scheme principals refused to divulge the requested information, the DA said, although it was not disclosed which schemes had forwarded information and which had not.

You can read the leaked letter here.


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Government is illegally hoarding your private data: DA