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How to find your strength in the workplace

Employees are often not aware of the power they have against their employer. As an employee, you have a duty to yourself to exercise your rights in a just and reasonable manner. This will allow you to exert some power against the employer in instances of infringement against your rights. South Africa has extensive laws aimed at regulating the working [...]

By | 28th June, 2018|Labour law|

GDPR BENEFITS FOR CONSUMERS

You are probably reading this article on your smart phone, which has a digital footprint of all the people and entities in your life who you have interacted with online. Whether you are aware of it or not, your personal data is being shared online for the world to consume.  This means that your location and preferences are well known. [...]

By | 26th June, 2018|Cybersecurity, Data Protection, IP Law, IT Law, Labour law, Media Law|

CAN YOUR EMPLOYER READ YOUR MIND

If you think your boss is a bit nosy and intrusive be thankful that you don’t work for a state-owned enterprise in China.  Employees’ brain waves are reportedly being monitored in workplaces such as factories and military operations. Thankfully,the technology is not advanced enough where employers can read the minds of workers. The technology does however, detect and analyze, with [...]

By | 26th June, 2018|AI, Labour law, Privacy Law|

KEEP YOUR HEAD IN THE CLOUDS

The world is running out of space. Parks are becoming buildings, highways are ploughing through farmland and your Blackberry that could store hundreds of photos has turned into your iPhone that can store thousands. Who needs a memory card or USB in the era of *dunt dunt dunt…* THE CLOUD. We all know of cloud storage, and we’ve all heard [...]

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

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|

THE EMEA CHILD SAFETY SUMMIT 2018

The Europe, Middle East and Africa (“EMEA”) Child Safety Summit (“the Summit”) hosted by Google and Facebook took place on the 18 and 19 April 2018 in Dublin, Ireland.  Various participants from around the world attended the Summit to offer their expertise in assisting with child safety online.  NGOs, governments and industry from around Europe, the Middle East and Africa [...]

By | 24th May, 2018|Child law, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, GDPR, Social media 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|

What you Need to Know about the Cambridge Analytica Scandal

The Cambridge Analytica scandal has recently become a buzzword that everyone seems to be talking about but what exactly is it about?  Most people understand that it has something to do with the leaking of Facebook users’ data but who stole the data, how and why? Who is Cambridge Analytica? They are a multinational political consulting firm based in the [...]

By | 23rd May, 2018|Cybersecurity, Data Protection, IP Law, IT Law, Media 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 [...]

ATTENTION MUSICIANS!

If music be the food of love, play on…as long as you have a valid copyright licence. The music and entertainment industry relies on various legal aspects to protect the interests of businesses and individuals working in the media field.  It can be applied to all forms of music and entertainment, including composition, publishing, film, broadcasting, and theatre.  This draws [...]

By | 23rd May, 2018|Copyright Infringement, IP Law|