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SELF-DRIVING VEHICLE LAWS EXIST ONLY IN THE FUTURE

When then South African Minister of Transport, Blade Nzimande, was asked when self-driving vehicle (“SDV”) regulations would be introduced during a parliamentary Q&A session, he answered that there are currently no self-driving cars on the country’s roads, and that government has plans for their introduction but not in  the immediate future.[1]  This begs the  question of how government and business [...]

By | 10th October, 2019|4IR, AI, Technology Law|

Cloud services contracts and the data protection

Technology constantly revolves and brings with it new opportunities for economic growth and development. Cloud services are one such technological development that has disrupted how businesses, organisations and private persons manage and store their data. Most people and businesses have migrated data management and IT solutions from the use of USBs, external hard drives, and hardware servers to cloud based [...]

A broad overview of South Africa’s position on digital payments

It is interesting to note that there is now a growing number of places around the world that are refusing to accept paper money payments.  There are even communities that exist where merchants often frown upon using paper money.  Take the declining use of cash in Sweden, Kenya and China for example, South Africa may not be too far behind. [...]

By | 3rd September, 2019|4IR, Fintech, PPM Attorneys, Technology Law|

Use of Facial recognition in schools sanctioned under GDPR

Biometrics is often presented as the most ergonomic and effective way of organising access control.  And this is probably the case! Local Swedish authorities reported that teachers were spending 17,000 hours a year reporting on attendance[1].  Given this shocking statistic, facial recognition at the classroom entrance could well be a very attractive option… The Swedish Data Protection Authority (the “Swedish [...]

By | 3rd September, 2019|4IR, Data Protection, GDPR, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law|

And the winner is…

Promotional competitions and prize draws are one of the ways in which businesses increase sales of goods and services, while creating brand awareness among consumers.[1] Such competitions can be entered into via television, radio, company websites, newspapers as well as social media platforms. The Consumer Protection Act[2] (“CPA”) regulates promotional competitions or prize draws in South Africa.  Part E of [...]

South Africa’s Minister of Communications releases policy direction on WOAN licensing

South Africa's Minister of Communications has released the long awaited Policy on High Demand Spectrum and Policy Direction on the Licensing of a Wireless Open Access Network ("WOAN"). This puts the wheels in motion to release much needed frequency spectrum, with the WOAN getting preferential treatment in the 700, 800 and MHz bands. Click on the link below for the [...]

By | 26th July, 2019|4IR, IT Law, PPM Attorneys, Technology Law, Telecommunications Law|

4IR laws we need to achieve our Smart City

Last week’s SONA made me think of a young petrol attendant I met in the rural Eastern Cape.  He was eloquent, erudite and perfect for a business process outsourcing centre (BPO) type job, like a call centre.  After last week’s address, a smart city, or smart village, could well be bringing that BPO job to him. There are legal and [...]

Are we ready for 5G in South Africa?

  5G has become the new buzzword that we are hearing everywhere. 5G is said to be the era of intelligent connectivity, but what exactly is 5G? In short, 5G or fifth generation is cellular network technology that provides broadband access. It offers connections much faster than our current connection, but this technology is so much more than just faster [...]

A LIST OF AI INNOVATIONS INFLUENCING THE LEGAL FIELD

AI and Technology systems innovation (AI-tech) has become a beacon of hope of what can be achieved by improved use of data science and machine learning to cope with a number of principal legal tasks in the judicial system.  Players in the legal field want to know how to make necessary improvements in the use of technologies and how it [...]

Biometrics in the work place: how to stay compliant

Biometrics is often presented as an ergonomic and effective alternative to using too many passwords that are too difficult to remember. Biometrics authentication (or realistic authentication) can be used very conveniently by employers used as a form of identification and access control. It is also used to identify individuals in groups that are under surveillance[1] Biometric identifiers include, for example, [...]

By | 20th May, 2019|4IR, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, GDPR, IT Law, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law|