Technology Law

READY YOURSELF TO COMPLY WITH THE PROMOTION OF ACCESS TO INFORMATION ACT

Section 32(1) of the Constitution entrenches the fundamental right of access to information.  This section provides a statutory right to request any record held by the state, as well as access to records held by public and private bodies. The Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 of 2000 (“PAIA”) enables people to gain access to information held by both [...]

By | 28th January, 2020|4IR, Compliance Law, Data Protection, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law, Technology 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 [...]

ICASA fixes incorrect “historically disadvantaged persons” clause in Regulations in preparation for spectrum auction

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa is crossing its ”t’s” and dotting its “i’s” to ensure that any grounds for legally challenging or reviewing its anticipated high-demand frequency spectrum auction, are minimised. It published an amendment to the Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations, 2015 (“the Regulations”) on Friday 1 November 2019, correcting what was clearly a mistake related to the [...]

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|

4IR SEMINAR – CYBERSECURITY IN THE 4TH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

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By | 6th December, 2019|4IR, Cybersecurity, Technology Law, Telecommunications Law|

4IR SEMINAR – FREQUENCY SPECTRUM AUCTION UPDATE

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By | 6th December, 2019|4IR, Technology Law, Telecommunications Law|

SELF-DRIVING VEHICLE LAWS EXIST ONLY IN THE FUTURE

When then South African Minister of Transport, Blade Nzimande, was asked when self-driving vehicle (“SDV”) regulations would be introduced during a parliamentary Q&A session, he answered that there are currently no self-driving cars on the country’s roads, and that government has plans for their introduction but not in  the immediate future.[1]  This begs the  question of how government and business [...]

By | 10th October, 2019|4IR, AI, 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 [...]