Information Security

PRIVACY AND DIGNITY: A BALANCING ACT

Section 16 of the Constitution Everyone has the right to freedom of expression & the right to receive and impart information and ideas. Section 10 of the Constitution Everyone has the right to the protection of this dignity and reputation. Competing Rights Two competing rights which are upheld by the Constitution. Section 16 of the Constitution provides a broad guarantee [...]

By | 10th October, 2017|Information Security, PPM Attorneys|

POPI’s draft regulations have been published

They are simple and clear to understand. Don’t miss your opportunity to comment. Earlier this year, during a stakeholder briefing, South Africa’s Information Regulator chairperson promised to have draft Protection of Personal Information Act regulations out before the end of 2017.  She has kept her word: draft POPIA (the Information Regulator prefers this acronym) regulations were published on Friday 8 [...]

By | 11th September, 2017|Data Protection, Information Security, IP Law, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law|

SNAP MAPS – DO YOU KNOW WHO KNOWS WHERE YOU ARE?

Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram are some of the most popular social media platforms today.  One thing they have in common is that they track your location, sometimes without you even being aware. Snapchat is incredibly popular amongst the younger generation.  It allows individuals to send images and videos to each other that disappear after a certain amount of time.  On [...]

5 WAYS TO PROTECT PERSONAL INFORMATION WHILE USING CLOUD SOFTWARE

Cloud technology has significantly changed the way we transfer and store information. By allowing us to store our files in a space with no physical boundaries, cloud technology allows us to have access to any file at any time and from anywhere. The only downside is the additional privacy risks involved with using a cloud system. In terms of the [...]

By | 16th August, 2017|Data Protection, Information Security, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law|

The Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill – the rationale behind it and why you should comment

The enacting of legislation undergoes a consultative process; the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act 3 of 2000 (“PAJA”) provides that where an administrative action materially affects the rights of the public, the public must be consulted.  The principle behind public participation is that all the stakeholders affected by a piece of legislation have a right to be consulted and contribute [...]

By | 10th July, 2017|Data Protection, Information Security, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law|

ARE YOU CYBER AWARE?

Take a moment to consider these 2 important questions: How many time have you brought your own device to work and connected it to the server? How many times have you taken your work devices home and connected them to your personal Wi-Fi? If the answer is “one time too many”, then I suggest you pay careful attention to this [...]

By | 7th June, 2017|Data Protection, Information Security, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law|

It’s World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD-2017): a quick overview on South Africa’s membership of the International Telecommunications Union

About WTISD The International Telecommunications Union (“ITU”) celebrates WTISD on 17 May each year. According to the ITU, the purpose of WTISD “is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.” WTISD [...]

By | 17th May, 2017|Commercial Law, Information Security, PPM Attorneys|

YOU WILL BE BREACHED: TIPS ON LIMITING LEGAL LIABILITY UNDER THE PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION ACT

It was reported over the past weekend that 15 computers were stolen in a burglary at the Office of the Chief Justice, in Johannesburg.  The media reported that the computers held the information of 243 South African judges and about 1,800 support staff.  Other important South African state institutions like the state arms procurement company, Armscor, and the South African police [...]

THE SASSA CONTROVERSY: ASPECTS RELATED TO THE PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

    Background The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is in hot water. If the matter is not handled properly – and quickly, it could result in millions of beneficiaries drowning in financial woes. SASSA’s current contract for the payment of social grants expires on 31 March 2017. Although unlikely, there is a chance that beneficiaries may not be [...]

AN UPDATE ON THE INFORMATION REGULATOR’S PROGRESS TOWARDS IMPLEMENTING THE PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION ACT – FEBRUARY 2017

The Information Regulator (South Africa), responsible for regulating both the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) and the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA), is making steady progress towards starting its operations. PPM Attorneys attended the Information Regulator's most recent briefing.  Here are some of the most important points that the Information Regulator’s members raised: It hopes to start [...]

By | 8th March, 2017|Data Protection, Information Security, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law|