Information Security

New requirements for collective investment scheme advertising, marketing and information disclosure

The Registrar of Collective Investment Schemes, on 8 August 2014, published a notice setting out new advertising, marketing and information disclosure requirements (“the notice”). The notice also sets out the manner in which managers of collective investment schemes must lodge advertising and marketing material with the Registrar. The notice aims to achieve the following: Provide a legal framework within which [...]

By | 25th August, 2014|Advertising law, Information Security, PPM Attorneys|

Improvements in it controls needed for local government: 2013 agsa report

The Auditor-General of South Africa ("the AG") recently released his 2012-2013 consolidated general report on the audit outcomes of local government, 30 July 2014 ("the report"). The report addresses six risk areas, one of which is Information Technology ("IT") controls. The fact that IT is one of the six risk areas audited by the AG, highlights its importance in the proper functioning [...]

By | 31st July, 2014|Information Security, PPM Attorneys, Technology Law|

Some sections of the protection of personal information act became effective on 11 april 2014

The President signed certain sections of the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (“POPI”) into law on 11 April 2014. POPI seeks to promote the protection of personal information processed by public and private bodies. It introduces certain conditions which establish minimum requirements for the processing of personal information in South Africa. Section 1, Part A of Chapter 5, section [...]

By | 16th April, 2014|Data Protection, Information Security, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law|

The protection of personal information act was signed into law in November: 8 practical tips to get you compliant

The president signed the Protection of Personal Information Act (“POPI”) and it became law on Wednesday 26th November 2013. POPI essentially regulates how anyone who processes personal information must process, keep and secure that information. It may have taken over eight years to complete, but the final result is a good piece of legislation. As much as it has been [...]

By | 12th December, 2013|Data Protection, Information Security, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law|

POPI and unsolicited electronic communication

The enactment of the Protection of Personal Information Act, No. 4 of 2013 (“POPI”) will have a direct effect on the manner in which businesses use electronic marketing. Most of us have been victims of spam via email and SMS and many will be relieved POPI provides consumers with greater protection against unscrupulous marketers. Section 66 regulates the use of [...]

The protection of personal information bill: A 20 minute overview

1. The Protection of Personal Information Bill ("POPI") in context 1.1. Why do we need POPI and how does it affect your organisation? 1.1.1. We need it because the right to privacy is one of the pillars of South Africa’s Bill of Rights. This right to privacy must be balanced with the right to access to, and the free flow [...]

By | 25th October, 2013|Data Protection, Information Security, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law|

How to avoid your business being spied on by the us (any other) government

A 29-year old called Edward Snowdon last week blew the whistle on the US Government’s snooping program. What conspiracy theorists have been scaremongering about and what Jason Bourne fantasised about is chillingly true: the US Government has access to much of the information housed on servers in the US. The US Government has been scrambling to contain the fall-out of [...]

The saps website hack: A wake-up call that will hit business and the state on the bottom line

Reports in this week’s media of a cybersecurity breach of the South African Police Service’s website are a foretaste of bigger and more damaging information security breaches to come. Both the State and Business regularly downplay information security breaches.  Major corporations and government institutions in jurisdictions such as the United States, the United Kingdom and Puerto Rico have lost millions [...]