New DTA template for South Africa

The need for a data transfer agreement (DTA) template that is aligned with South African law — in particular POPIA — has been expressed by universities, private entities, and government. To address this need, the Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa (DS-I Africa) Law Research Group at the School of Law, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) took up the challenge of developing a new DTA template.

The DS-I Africa Law Research Group at UKZN comprises of several expert lawyers with years of drafting experience in legal practice. It is supported by leading health law and privacy law scholars. The DTA template that was developed offers a comprehensive, flexible solution to South African entities transferring data. It was specifically developed with South African research institutions in mind as primary users — ensuring that the providers’ interests are protected in an equitable fashion.

The DTA template is complemented by an explanatory memorandum to assist the user. Both these documents can be used (and adapted) free of charge.

Webinar: Introducing the new DTA template for South Africa