Technology 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|

3D Printing and Copyright

“The year is 2060, and Mark is ready to move into his new house. The house was built (printed) using 3D Printing technology. All the décor and furniture in the house has also been printed using a 3D printer. In just a few hours, Mark will be having his housewarming party and has also printed all the food for his [...]

By | 10th April, 2019|4IR, Copyright, PPM Attorneys, Technology Law|

Telkom v Vodacom: Why Vodacom’s fibre victory is a boost for SA’s 4th Industrial Revolution goals

Vodacom has been successful in a Supreme Court of Appeal (“SCA”) battle to get access to underground ducts, sleeves and manhole covers (“the Infrastructure”) within the Dennegeur Residential Estate in Cape Town (“the Estate”). The Estate had, twenty years ago, installed the Infrastructure, but had permitted Telkom to run its ADSL copper cables in the ducts.  In 2016, the Estate [...]

By | 10th April, 2019|4IR, Dispute resolution, Technology Law, Telecommunications 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 [...]

That’s how the cookie crumbles…

No, I don’t mean those midnight snacks you’ve been sneaking.  Cookies are small files which are stored on a user's computer.  They are designed to hold a small amount of data specific to a particular user and website that can be accessed either by the web server or the client computer. This allows the server to deliver a page tailored [...]

TEMPTED TO IGNORE THE EU GDPR PRIVACY LAWS? RATHER USE THIS GUIDE TO NAVIGATE THEM

May 25 has come and gone; we are all very aware of the GDPR, the European Union’s new set of data privacy laws. It might be tempting to think that because you’re in SA, these laws don’t affect you or your company, but the EU is serious about its citizens’ privacy and complacency would be a mistake. South African organisations [...]

By | 26th June, 2018|Commercial Law, IT Law, Privacy Law, Technology Law|

Steps to becoming GDPR compliant as a South African Company

There is a plethora of information relating to the necessity of compliance of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) , a European Union directive that will come into force on 25 May 2018.  This legislation will fast forward European law into new ways of protecting personal data around the world especially given the advancing of modern technology and its ability [...]

By | 23rd May, 2018|Cybersecurity, IP Law, IT Law, Technology Law|

GDPR: Data Protection Impact Assessments

While there are many similarities between the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (“POPIA”) and the General Data Protection Regulations, (“GDPR”) there are also many differences.  One of these differences is the obligation that GDPR places on organisations to conduct a Data Protection Impact Assessment (“DPIA”). What is a Data Protection Impact Assessment? This is a process that [...]

From crypto currency to crypto contracts

Soon, paying legal fees for a solid, watertight contract will be a thing of the past.  Traditional contracts, painstakingly reviewed by tired eyes for the seventh time, are so 2017.  Smart contracts are the future, and with the rapid development of this technology, it may happen sooner than we think. What are smart contracts? Smart contracts use certain coding and [...]

By | 12th April, 2018|Contract Law, Technology Law|

Lawyer v Machine

In an innovative study, US lawyers in corporate law and contract review went up against a computer to spot issues in five Non-Disclosure Agreements” NDAs”, which are a contractual basis for most business deals. The human contenders were twenty US-trained lawyers, with decades of legal experience ranging from law firms to corporations.  They competed against a LawGeex Artificial Intelligence ‘’AI” [...]

By | 10th April, 2018|Technology Law|