The Black Sash welcomes the opportunity to respond to the invitation of the Special Rapporteur to make submission(s) on the human rights impact of the introduction of digital technologies in the implementation of national social protection.
The Black Sash works towards the realisation of socio-economic rights, as outlined in the South African Constitution (1996), with emphasis on social security and social protection for the most vulnerable particularly women and children. It also works towards exploring options to significantly reduce poverty and inequality The Black Sash implements three programmes: namely 1) advocacy in partnership; 2) Community Based Monitoring; and 3) education, training and research.
Our submission will focus on the impact of digital technologies on the national social assistance programme with reference to the collection, storage and use of biometric information of social grant beneficiaries. We will do this in part by referring to our experiences of the national implementation of biometric digital technologies from 2012.