Privacy Law

4IR laws we need to achieve our Smart City

Last week’s SONA made me think of a young petrol attendant I met in the rural Eastern Cape.  He was eloquent, erudite and perfect for a business process outsourcing centre (BPO) type job, like a call centre.  After last week’s address, a smart city, or smart village, could well be bringing that BPO job to him. There are legal and [...]

An overview on the law on child pornography in South Africa

I recently had an interview with Ligwalagwala FM on the dangers of posting nude photographs of children online. Who is considered a child in South Africa?  Section 18 of the Children’s Act, 2005 provides that a child is anyone under the age of 18 years old.  A child becomes a major / adult upon reaching the age of 18. Posting nude photographs of [...]

By | 24th June, 2019|Child law, Constitutional Law, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law, Social media law|

Biometrics in the work place: how to stay compliant

Biometrics is often presented as an ergonomic and effective alternative to using too many passwords that are too difficult to remember. Biometrics authentication (or realistic authentication) can be used very conveniently by employers used as a form of identification and access control. It is also used to identify individuals in groups that are under surveillance[1] Biometric identifiers include, for example, [...]

By | 20th May, 2019|4IR, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, GDPR, IT Law, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law|

HUMAN IMPLANTS AND HACKING

When we talk of the risks of the internet of everything, hacking and cybersecurity, what usually comes to mind are the best plausible steps to protect computers, computer systems and computer networks from any unlawful access or interferences.  With the emerging medical ICTs, the security of human implants should be part of the conversations on cybersecurity. Recently, there has been [...]

By | 20th May, 2019|4IR, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, IT Law, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law, Technology Law|

GDPR ENFORCEMENT: A PENALTY OF 50 MILLION EUROS AGAINST GOOGLE LLC

On 21 January 2019, the French Data Protection Authority’s (the “CNIL” ) restricted committee imposed a record fine of 50 million euros to Google LLC (“Google”). The main ground for its decision was non-compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) for lack of transparency, inadequate information and lack of valid consent regarding ads personalization. This penalty is based on [...]

By | 19th March, 2019|Data Protection, GDPR, IT Law, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law|

SEND NUDES

While most people chuckle at the “send nudes” gifs and memes that are an ongoing source of humour on the internet, for some, the tragic reality is that these nudes may ruin their lives.  People in relationships usually trust the person they’re with and could never imagine being betrayed by them.  However, the startling number of “revenge porn” cases evident [...]

Data Privacy New Year’s Resolutions to Make this Year

As we celebrate the beginning of the new year, most of us usually take time to clean out our homes and get organised.  A space in our lives that is usually missed and not thought of is the digital space that we occupy. This guide is to help you to get your Data Privacy in order and organised for the [...]

By | 8th February, 2019|Cybersecurity, Data Protection, IT Law, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law|

Data Protection In The Education Sector: The Training Challenge

Today’s students will be the first generation with a digital footprint from birth.  This can be seen as a major threat for them.  At the same time, the diffusion of information technologies in education, conducted with discernment, is also a major transformation tool for their success. It has to be noted that education remains an under-explored sector in terms of [...]

By | 8th February, 2019|Cybersecurity, Data Protection, IT Law, Privacy Law|

Why the GDPR probably doesn’t apply to Liberty and its data breach

Background Liberty Group (“Liberty”) released a communication on 18 June 2018, advising that “it has been subjected to illegal and unauthorised access to its IT infrastructure”.  The data that was the subject of the breach seemed to be “largely emails and possibly attachments”. About three weeks before that, on 25 May 2018, a new European Union law - the General [...]

By | 9th January, 2019|Data Protection, GDPR, Privacy Law, Regulatory and Governance|

Five Tips to a Successful Relationship with the GDPR

Have you ever downloaded an app on your phone and looked at the permissions that the app requests.  I mean I just want to play Tetris, why do you need permission to access my contact list and messages, or know what I ate for dinner? With the new the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), a move to the age of [...]

By | 9th January, 2019|Compliance Law, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, GDPR, Information Security, Privacy Law|