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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|

HUMAN IMPLANTS AND HACKING

When we talk of the risks of the internet of everything, hacking and cybersecurity, what usually comes to mind are the best plausible steps to protect computers, computer systems and computer networks from any unlawful access or interferences.  With the emerging medical ICTs, the security of human implants should be part of the conversations on cybersecurity. Recently, there has been [...]

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

3D Printing and Copyright

“The year is 2060, and Mark is ready to move into his new house. The house was built (printed) using 3D Printing technology. All the décor and furniture in the house has also been printed using a 3D printer. In just a few hours, Mark will be having his housewarming party and has also printed all the food for his [...]

By | 10th April, 2019|4IR, Copyright, PPM Attorneys, Technology Law|

Telkom v Vodacom: Why Vodacom’s fibre victory is a boost for SA’s 4th Industrial Revolution goals

Vodacom has been successful in a Supreme Court of Appeal (“SCA”) battle to get access to underground ducts, sleeves and manhole covers (“the Infrastructure”) within the Dennegeur Residential Estate in Cape Town (“the Estate”). The Estate had, twenty years ago, installed the Infrastructure, but had permitted Telkom to run its ADSL copper cables in the ducts.  In 2016, the Estate [...]

By | 10th April, 2019|4IR, Dispute resolution, Technology Law, Telecommunications Law|