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ICLG – DATA PROTECTION 2020 IS NOW LIVE – SOUTH AFRICA CHAPTER BY PPM ATTORNEYS

Here's a link to a very useful guide on South Africa's Protection of Personal Information Act, prepared by Delphine Daversin and Melody Musoni as part of the International Comparative Legal Guide (ICLG) - Data protection law and Regulations 2020. This guide, published by Global Legal Guide (GLG) is available on line for 39 jurisdictions. It also includes expert analysis chapters [...]

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|

THE PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION ACT WILL BE IN FORCE FROM 1 JULY 2020: GREAT NEWS FOR SA’S DIGITAL ECONOMY

South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, announced yesterday that the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 will be fully effective from 1 July 2020.[1] This is great news for SA because it enhances its plans to grow its digital economy. For example, if SA is able to show that its data privacy law is adequate for the European Union’s purposes, more [...]

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 [...]

Coronavirus trademarks in South Africa

The month of March has seen a rush of new trademarks being applied for at the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (“CIPC”). This has become the case in other jurisdictions around the world as well, with people trying to profit off the pandemic by registering these trademarks in the pharmaceutical category. In the United States, more than a dozen applications [...]

By | 15th May, 2020|Copyright, Copyright Law, IP Law, PPM Attorneys|

The rights of women in customary marriages

The Recognition of Customary Marriages Act, 120 of 1998 (“the Act”) prescribes the formalities that need to be complied with in order for a customary marriage to be valid. Section 4(3) of the Act provides for customary marriages to be registered within a stipulated time period. However, failure to register a customary marriage does not affect its validity. Many customary marriages, [...]

By | 15th May, 2020|Constitutional Law, family law, PPM Attorneys|

COVID-19 Update: Verifying Electronic Signatures and Notarisation

Within the past month, we have gone from mainly needing to authenticate and verify documents through a physical (wet-ink) signature to an era where the need to authenticate and verify documents online is inevitable. We have effectively moved from paper-based certification and verification to electronic authentication This effectively, all in a bid to safeguard against the COVID – 19 pandemic, [...]

Contact tracing mobile apps: Recommendations from the European Data Protection Board

By now, everyone knows that certain constitutional rights can be limited in order to serve a public interest such as public health. However, concerns around privacy protection keep mounting, especially so with the implementation of lockdown regulations on contact tracing.[1] Contact tracing is being implemented on a global scale with countries leveraging different technologies to prevent the spread of COVID-19. [...]

By | 15th May, 2020|4IR, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law, Technology Law|

JOURNALISTS MUST BE AFFORDED SPECIAL PROTECTION UNDER SOUTH AFRICA’S CORONAVIRUS MOBILE TRACK AND TRACE LAWS

There is general consensus that, if conducted lawfully and in compliance with privacy and related laws, combating Covid-19 with mobile track and trace technology may be justified. Stakeholders in South Africa, who are normally vociferously outspoken when privacy rights are concerned, have not protested too much about its Contact Tracing Regulations. One aspect that many of us may have overlooked, is [...]

Registering as an Essential Service Provider under South African Covid-19 Lockdown Regulations

Here's what you need to do to continue operating as an essential service, e.g. a telco or data centre, during the SA lockdown: Obtain a copy of the Disaster Management Act, Amendments to the Regulations, published on 25 March 2020 in Notice No.398 in Government Gazette No. 43148; Consider the definitions under Regulation 11A to determine whether your organisation is [...]

By | 3rd April, 2020|4IR, Commercial Law, Compliance Law, PPM Attorneys|