Cybersecurity

THE PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION ACT WILL BE IN FORCE FROM 1 JULY 2020: GREAT NEWS FOR SA’S DIGITAL ECONOMY

South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, announced yesterday that the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 will be fully effective from 1 July 2020.[1] This is great news for SA because it enhances its plans to grow its digital economy. For example, if SA is able to show that its data privacy law is adequate for the European Union’s purposes, more [...]

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 [...]

COVID-19 Update: Verifying Electronic Signatures and Notarisation

Within the past month, we have gone from mainly needing to authenticate and verify documents through a physical (wet-ink) signature to an era where the need to authenticate and verify documents online is inevitable. We have effectively moved from paper-based certification and verification to electronic authentication This effectively, all in a bid to safeguard against the COVID – 19 pandemic, [...]

COURTS v COVID – 19

In 2010 the notion of the use of electronic communication by courts was a rumour in South Africa’s judicial system. It’s interesting to note that, because of an unprecedented consequence of the global pandemic, the courts, like the other branches of state power, have taken drastic measures to reduce the local transmission of Covid - 19. The courts are hoping [...]

By | 2nd April, 2020|4IR, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, PPM Attorneys|

South African Covid-19 mobile track and trace laws – should we be worried?

In last night’s update on the Covid-19 pandemic, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that “Using mobile technology, an extensive tracing system will be rapidly deployed to trace those who have been in contact with confirmed coronavirus cases and to monitor the geographical location of new cases in real time.” You may ask: What about my right to privacy? What [...]

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|

THE “NEDBANK BREACH”: WHAT IF THE PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION ACT WAS IN FORCE?

Nedbank has handled the data breach its direct marketing services supplier - Computer Facilities (Pty) Ltd – suffered last week, reasonably well. This is evident from how they appear to have investigated it, to their frank, factual and informative press release. Apart from some reputational damage and a few million rand in forensics, legal and public relations agency fees, Nedbank [...]

By | 11th March, 2020|4IR, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, GDPR, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law, Technology Law|

CHANGING THE INTERNET AS WE KNOW IT

In October last year, President Cyril Ramphoasa signed the Films and Publications Amendment Bill (“the Bill”) into law. The Bill first entered the National Assembly in 2015, but not before it was widely criticised as archaic, vague and broad enough to include everything from hard-core pornography to cat videos on Youtube. The last four years before the Bill’s enactment, have [...]

By | 10th March, 2020|4IR, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, Media Law, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law|

Tips for implementing effective privacy training in your organisation

Human error is the primary cause of personal data breaches[1]. The consequences of a data breach can be detrimental to a company and includes, not only direct damages and sanctions, but also substantial reputational harm. The mere occurrence of, as well as the costs and consequences of data breaches and data incidents could be drastically reduced by having appropriate awareness [...]

By | 28th January, 2020|4IR, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, GDPR, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law|

Holding thumbs that SA’s Protection of Personal Information Act becomes effective on 1 April 2020!

Reports have been circulating, over the past two days, that South Africa's Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 ("POPIA") could become law on 1 April 2020. These are certainly credible reports, as the Information Regulator has indeed written to President Cyril Ramaphosa, requesting that POPIA be made effective from the new (national government) financial year. The Information Regulator's Chairperson - [...]