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BRICS Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is known for being a region in the USA that houses the most significant number of innovative technology companies.  Silicon Valley is deemed to be the world’s technology capital, home to some of the world’s leading technology companies, such as Facebook, Apple, Google and Netflix. With the dawning of BRICS countries as the world's leading emerging economies emphasise [...]

By | 10th January, 2019|Data Protection, IP Law, IT 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|

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 [...]

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|