Sadia Rizvi

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SABC’s household broadcasting levy – The proposed new system

In June 2021, Cabinet passed the South African Broadcasting Corporation (“SABC”) Bill for public comment.  However, the SABC is unhappy with the Bill in its current form, stating that the Bill does not provide for adequate financing of the Corporation because it is struggling to collect TV licence fees.  South Africans have been increasingly resistant towards paying annual TV licence fees in [...]

By | 23rd November, 2021|Commercial Law, Compliance Law, IT Law, Telecommunications Law|

The ICASA Spectrum Auction: Ongoing litigation

For the first time in 16 years, when it seemed like South Africa would finally get new spectrum licensed, legal battles brought the spectrum auction to a standstill.  Earlier this year, major telecommunications companies like MTN and Telkom sued the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (“ICASA”), citing various issues to halt the auction.  This setback means that spectrum is [...]

By | 8th September, 2021|4IR, Dispute resolution, IT Law, PPM Attorneys, Technology Law, Telecommunications Law|

The New WhatsApp Privacy Policy – What you need to know

The changes to the WhatsApp privacy policy and terms sparked a worldwide uproar with many users migrating to other messaging platforms out of data privacy and security concerns.  This article addresses the above concerns by explaining the new changes and what social media users need to know before moving on to other platforms. What are the changes? In an effort [...]

By | 26th January, 2021|4IR, Data Protection, Media Law, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law, Social media law|

Decentralised Finance: What is it and how is it regulated in South Africa?

What is Decentralised Finance? Decentralised Finance (DeFi for short) is a financial system built on public blockchains such as BitCoin and Ethereum.  Blockchains refer to a list of data records that work as a decentralised digital lender.  The data in a specific blockchain is organised into blocks, which is chronologically arranged and secured by cryptography.  The oldest and safest blockchain [...]

The Cybercrimes Bill: Recent amendments

Recently, the parliamentary committee on security and justice, adopted the Cybercrimes Bill (“the Bill”) along with several other pieces of legislation. The Bill establishes and defines procedures in which cyber-related crimes can be investigated and creates various new offences for crimes committed on the internet. One of the most important aspects the Bill addresses is that it criminalises the distribution [...]

By | 2nd October, 2020|4IR, Cybersecurity, IT Law, PPM Attorneys, Technology Law|

Digital Innovation and its impact on Privacy Law

The speed of digital innovation and the emergence of technologies such as facial recognition and fingerprint authentication has brought with it privacy and cybersecurity concerns. In the recent months, after the killing of George Floyd, law enforcement authorities in the United States deployed powerful surveillance tools to monitor and track the protests against systemic racism and police brutality. Drones were [...]

By | 14th July, 2020|4IR, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, GDPR, IT Law, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law, Technology Law|

COVID-19: The importance working paperlessly in law firms

The spread of COVID-19 has negatively influenced the output of work at a global level. It has affected nearly every sector and has ultimately halted cross border trade. As the coronavirus unfolds across countries, many firms have adopted a policy which allows their employees to work remotely. However, considering the number of law firms that are wholly reliant on paper [...]

Coronavirus trademarks in South Africa

The month of March has seen a rush of new trademarks being applied for at the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (“CIPC”). This has become the case in other jurisdictions around the world as well, with people trying to profit off the pandemic by registering these trademarks in the pharmaceutical category. In the United States, more than a dozen applications [...]

By | 15th May, 2020|Copyright, Copyright Law, IP Law, PPM Attorneys|

Reduction of data prices for Vodacom consumers: Is it enough?

On 10 March, the Competition Commission announced that Vodacom has agreed to reduce their data prices by at least 30% from 1 April 2020. This announcement comes as a result of a data services market inquiry performed by the Competition Commission which focused particularly on the high prices of data provided by telecommunications giants MTN and Vodacom. The report highlighted [...]

By | 1st April, 2020|Cybersecurity, Data Protection, IT Law, Media Law|