IT Law

French Data Protection Authority sanctions drone surveillance

On January 12, 2021, the French Data Protection Authority (Commission Nationale Informatique et Libertes – the “CNIL”) held that French Ministry of the Interior (the “Ministry”) was unlawfully processing personal information through the use of drones equipped with cameras. These drones were being used to monitor the public’s compliance with containment measures and public demonstrations. The Ministry was ordered to [...]

By | 26th January, 2021|4IR, Data Protection, GDPR, IT Law, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law, Technology Law|

Dissecting the Cybercrimes Act – The crime of hacking (part 1)

Introduction If we put aside the misery around Covid-19 for a moment, we can notice that a lot of exciting developments have taken place and are still taking place in South Africa’s legislative landscape. We are 5 months away from POPIA[1] coming into full effect. By 1 July of this year, both private and public companies, organisations and institutions will [...]

By | 26th January, 2021|4IR, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, IT Law, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law, Technology Law|

Decentralised Finance: What is it and how is it regulated in South Africa?

What is Decentralised Finance? Decentralised Finance (DeFi for short) is a financial system built on public blockchains such as BitCoin and Ethereum.  Blockchains refer to a list of data records that work as a decentralised digital lender.  The data in a specific blockchain is organised into blocks, which is chronologically arranged and secured by cryptography.  The oldest and safest blockchain [...]

The “Schrems II” case and what it means for South Africa

On the 16th of July 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) invalidated the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. he EU–US Privacy Shield was a framework regulating exchanges of personal data for commercial purposes between the the European Economic Area ("EEA") and the United States. The CJEU further decided that the standard contractual clauses (“SCC”) adopted by the European Union Commission [...]

The Cybercrimes Bill: Recent amendments

Recently, the parliamentary committee on security and justice, adopted the Cybercrimes Bill (“the Bill”) along with several other pieces of legislation. The Bill establishes and defines procedures in which cyber-related crimes can be investigated and creates various new offences for crimes committed on the internet. One of the most important aspects the Bill addresses is that it criminalises the distribution [...]

By | 2nd October, 2020|4IR, Cybersecurity, IT Law, PPM Attorneys, Technology Law|

Digital Innovation and its impact on Privacy Law

The speed of digital innovation and the emergence of technologies such as facial recognition and fingerprint authentication has brought with it privacy and cybersecurity concerns. In the recent months, after the killing of George Floyd, law enforcement authorities in the United States deployed powerful surveillance tools to monitor and track the protests against systemic racism and police brutality. Drones were [...]

By | 14th July, 2020|4IR, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, GDPR, IT Law, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law, Technology Law|

POPIA is vital for 4IR law

The fourth industrial revolution (“4IR”) is causing significant changes to the way we live, interact and do business. This is the future of technology, where objects, machines and various other devices connect with each other in a secure, networked environment. 4IR is being driven by intelligent machines that can perform complex tasks automatically by communicating with other machines, with little [...]

THE INVITATIONS TO APPLY FOR SOUTH AFRICA’S HIGH DEMAND SPECTRUM AUCTION AND WIRELESS OPEN ACCESS NETWORKS ARE IMMINENT

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (“ICASA”), the country’s communications regulator, last night, briefed Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications on progress regarding the licensing of the long awaited high-demand frequency spectrum (“the IMT Spectrum”), the licensing of the Wireless Open Access Network (“the WOAN”) and the regulation of TV White Spaces. ICASA Councillor, Nomonde Gongxeka-Seopa, who spoke on behalf [...]

By | 24th June, 2020|4IR, IT Law, PPM Attorneys, Technology Law, Telecommunications Law|

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 [...]

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|