Master Deeds data leak contains information about children

  • Lew Skannen

    Gerd, Home Affairs databases, Cipro Databases and Deeds Databases are given to (some) credit bureaus. They merge these databases into their own. I do not believe this database were enriched from other sources. This data source definitely comes from a credit bureau which had access to the whole Home Affairs, Deeds and Cipro databases and also used their own credit information. Whether these databases are given to ALL credit bureaus or simply to some who then share them with others is the big question.

    • Thanks Lew. While I fully understand that sharing of some information is allowed (such as what DHA provides to certain parties as per their agreement), it puzzles me that neither DHA or the bureaus found it important to sanitize data and remove details of minors.

      • Lew Skannen

        Precisely Gerd! One would have thought that they would at least do just that to comply with, especially, the upcoming Popi Act. While I can understand Home Affairs not being affected by the act, hence the reason they do not care about sanitizing the data, one would think the credit bureaus would do it. But, I suppose they won’t either.

  • Emil Schweickerdt

    So… now what now going forward?

    How do you protect yourself from fallout resulting from this mess?

    BAH.

    edit – great job Gerd.

    • Lew Skannen

      Not really much you can do. I would also not be overly concerned about this hack either. What very few people know is that Home Affairs databases are leaking almost on a yearly basis. I have seen the first leaked Home Affairs database back in 2002. Since then, an updated database has leaked almost every year or two. It is not only Home Affairs, but other government, bank, insurance, telecommunications databases that leaks too – some of them leaking more than 2 or 3 times a year. The only thing that sets this leak apart is the fact that it ended up in the media.

      I just think the best way to deal with this is to continue as normal and just keep a regular eye on your credit profile for strange or unknown queries or possible accounts opened.

      • Emil Schweickerdt

        Thanks Lew.

        Forewarned is forearmed.

        • Lew Skannen

          No problem Emil. Sounds a bit harsh, but this is the reality. This is not the first time, second or even fourth time that the whole populations’ data has been leaked. It has happened on numerous occasions. Best we can do is keep monitoring our profiles with credit bureaus in order to identify any possible misuse of our information.