IT Law

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|

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 - [...]

LEGAL STATUS OF BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY IN SOUTH AFRICA

Sub-Saharan Africa has a 70% unbanked population.[1]  This statistic indicates there exists the enormous potential for the adoption of blockchain-based solutions as an alternative to traditional payment options.   Access to traditional services is one of Africa’s biggest challenges and making use of blockchain would improve access to financial inclusion.  So, as this term blockchain garners popularity within businesses and governments [...]

Can you own Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency?

Introduction Facebook recently announced its 2020 plans to launch its first cryptocurrency, Libra.  There are mixed feelings amongst people as some are welcoming this initiative as a promotion for financial inclusion, while others are sceptical about people’s privacy and the potential for an increase in cybercrime.  Libra is not the only cryptocurrency on the market, we have popular ones like [...]

4IR SEMINAR – LEGAL TIPS TO MOVING TO THE CLOUD

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By | 6th December, 2019|4IR, IT Law, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law, Technology Law|

Cloud services contracts and data protection

Technology constantly revolves and brings with it new opportunities for economic growth and development. Cloud services are one such technological development that has disrupted how businesses, organisations and private persons manage and store their data. Most people and businesses have migrated data management and IT solutions from the use of USBs, external hard drives, and hardware servers to cloud based [...]

To Disclaim or Not to Disclaim

Disclaimers are a good way for businesses to contract out of liability.  Most businesses disclaim any improper or unlawful use or dissemination of information contained in an electronic message or attachment or any harm or loss resulting from malicious software, code or viruses contained in an electronic message. Generally, an email disclaimer may address issues such as confidentiality, copyright, contract [...]

By | 3rd September, 2019|Cybersecurity, Data Protection, IP Law, IT Law, Media Law, PPM Attorneys|

And the winner is…

Promotional competitions and prize draws are one of the ways in which businesses increase sales of goods and services, while creating brand awareness among consumers.[1] Such competitions can be entered into via television, radio, company websites, newspapers as well as social media platforms. The Consumer Protection Act[2] (“CPA”) regulates promotional competitions or prize draws in South Africa.  Part E of [...]