Information Security


The Department of Water and Sanitation has been under fire for its alleged unlawful ICT procurement procedures.  Part of the furore related to the allegation that Minister Nomvula Mokonyane’s alleged “Ben 10's” firm was contracted to advise on ICT related procurement projects (as a defamation lawyer, I’m not saying that his or his firm's appointment was unlawful).  The State, by virtue [...]


I am Suleman Bello, the auditor general of African Development Bank here in Burkina Faso. During the course of our auditing, I discovered a floating fund in an account opened in the bank by Mr John Korovo and after going through some old files in the records I discovered that the owner of the account died in the (beirut-bound charter [...]

By | 6th March, 2017|Commercial Law, Data Protection, Information Security, PPM Attorneys|


With the advent of modern technology taking the forefront in today's society, more people are inclined to make use of electronic payment systems such as internet banking[1].  Although internet banking does appear to be more convenient, it is not without fault as was experienced by Monica Kruger.  During 2016, Kruger, a business woman from George was defrauded of an amount [...]

By | 6th March, 2017|Commercial Law, Information Security, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law|

The South African Cybercrimes & Cybersecurity Bill, 2017…much better!

The Department of Justice published the Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill, 2017 yesterday. It is, at first glance, much better than the 2016 draft. Some, like financial institutions, may not think so though, because they now have additional obligations. The 2016 draft had some rather convoluted and onerous provisions. One example was Chapter 6 titled " Structures to Deal with Cyber [...]

By | 20th January, 2017|Data Protection, Information Security, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law, Technology Law|

Yahoo’s 500 million user breach: notification requirements under South African law

Yahoo has announced that that the information of about 500 million users has been stolen. The information was stolen during late 2014.  There are serious consequences for Yahoo, which include reputational and financial harm. Any regulatory and civil disputes are likely to be dealt with under Californian law (which is what Yahoo's terms of service stipulate). If Yahoo was based [...]

By | 5th October, 2016|Data Protection, Information Security, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law|

Cybercriminals always seem to be one step ahead: Why South Africa’s cybersecurity laws need to play catch-up!

South Africa has at least four pieces of legislation and one policy that can be used to fight cybercriminals.  It is for this reason that some information security industry players have argued that one more cybersecurity law, such as the Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill, is just too much. They argue that laws like the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 2002, [...]

How to sext safely

How many of us have ever sent sensitive information or a password with someone over a text or email. Perhaps, you have had the need to send a rather ‘saucy’ photograph to someone. The internet has changed the way people act. A new found confidence and a sense of unfounded safety has led people into serious hot water. It is [...]

By | 8th June, 2016|Data Protection, Information Security, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law|

The R300 million Japanese South African credit card heist: the legal implications for both banks and customers!

I AM listening to the Alphaville song Big in Japan as I write this. It has a laid back beat: I can almost visualise the bunch of "hackers" coolly, calmly and collectedly sidling up to hundreds of ATMs across Japan and simultaneously withdrawing wads of cash. The technique used in the R300m heist involving credit cards issued by Standard Bank [...]

By | 26th May, 2016|Data Protection, Information Security, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law|


Background On December 2, 2015, 14 people were killed and 22 others seriously injured in what, President of the United States, Barack Obama, has deemed a terrorist attack in California. The attack comprised of a mass shooting and an attempted bombing. The perpetrators, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik attempted to flee the scene, but were killed by police in [...]

The Panama Papers “Hack”– A cybersecurity wake up call for South African law firms and their clients

The past week has not been a good one for law firms and their much vaunted reputation for client confidentiality.  Major law firms across the globe have had to admit that sensitive and confidential client information has been “liberated” as a result of hacking attacks on their information technology (IT) systems. It was reported in the Wall Street Journal last [...]

By | 26th April, 2016|Data Protection, Information Security, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law|