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National Payment System Act Review and why you should comment

In 2014 National Treasury issued an instruction prohibition by national and provincial public entities from making payments via the internet due to the risk associated with such transactions. [1] In 2019, however, it seems that National Treasury (“NT”) has had a change of heart and are revaluating its existing payments regulatory framework.  On 5 December 2018, National Treasury and the [...]

By | 8th February, 2019|AI, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, IP Law, IT Law, Labour law, Media Law, PPM Attorneys|

The African National Congress Loses its Domain Dispute: Tips on How Not to Lose Yours

The African National Congress ("ANC") has lost a domain dispute it lodged against a former service provider - Unwembi Communications ("Unwembi"). In what should have been a claim with good prospects of success, the 107 year old movement with a very strong and well known brand failed to prove its case. The matter involved three ANC employees who were tasked [...]

By | 8th February, 2019|copyright, Domain Disputes, IP Law, PPM Attorneys|

Do not click on that link – it might be a phishing email

Many people have been swindled out of their hard-earned money due to lack of information on fraud.  On a daily basis, fraudsters prowl the internet in search of their next victim. Do not become the next victim!  The rule of thumb is “if an offer looks too good to be true, it probably is.” Joe received an email on his [...]

By | 8th February, 2019|Consumer Law, Contract Law, Cybersecurity, Information Security, PPM Attorneys|

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|

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 [...]