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Biometrics in the work place: how to stay compliant

Biometrics is often presented as an ergonomic and effective alternative to using too many passwords that are too difficult to remember. Biometrics authentication (or realistic authentication) can be used very conveniently by employers used as a form of identification and access control. It is also used to identify individuals in groups that are under surveillance[1] Biometric identifiers include, for example, [...]

By | 20th May, 2019|4IR, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, GDPR, IT Law, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law|

Restraint of trade in the ICT space, is it unreasonable?

Restraint of trade in the telecommunication space, is it unreasonable? Restraints of trade are often overlooked in contracts. Very often we sign an agreement but don’t pay attention to the fine print. There have been some interesting court rulings in recent years in the Telecom space that has favoured the employer. A restraint of trade clause is one that prohibits [...]

By | 20th May, 2019|Labour 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|

Your Rights in terms of the Consumer Protection Act

The Consumer Protection Act, 2008 (“CPA”) entitles you, as the consumer, to protect and enforce your rights. As a way of marketing their products, some suppliers supply potential consumers with samples to ‘test’ at home.  In some instances, this piques the consumers’ interest and nudges them toward buying the particular product.  However, there are times where a sample product differs [...]

By | 10th April, 2019|Consumer Law, Contract Law, PPM Attorneys|

Know your Costs

Going to court is a costly and time-consuming exercise.  There is no guarantee of success and in most cases even if you are successful you would probably not be able to recover all the money that you have spent on legal fees. Before taking someone to court, it is important that you are familiar with the various aspects of legal [...]

By | 10th April, 2019|Dispute resolution, PPM Attorneys|

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|

THE INTERNET OF THINGS AND CYBERSECURITY

We live in extremely exciting yet precarious times. Technological advancements have made it possible for normal objects and gadgets to be equipped with the ability to identify, sense and process information as well as networking and communicating with other devices to achieve some useful objective.[i] This networking of devices to the internet has been termed the Internet of Things (IoT). [...]

By | 20th March, 2019|Cybersecurity, PPM Attorneys|

Do it for the gram…

Half of the world’s population regularly uses some sort of social media platform.  Just think about that for a second. The opportunities for businesses to reach their target audiences are greater than ever!  We are now able to create and promote our brand almost exclusively online.   While the ability to communicate so effectively can humanise your brand and extend [...]

By | 20th March, 2019|Cybersecurity, IP Law, IT Law, Labour law, Media Law|

In a nutshell – benefits encapsulated in the Labour Laws Amendment Act, 2018

Included in the Labour Laws Amendment Act, 2018 (LLA) is the provision for parental, adoption and commissioning parental leave to employees, amendment of the Unemployment Insurance Act, 2001 so as to provide for the right to claim parental and commissioning parental benefits from the Unemployment Insurance Fund and for the application for, and the payment of, parental and commissioning parental [...]

By | 20th March, 2019|Constitutional Law, Labour law|