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CHANGING THE INTERNET AS WE KNOW IT

In October last year, President Cyril Ramphoasa signed the Films and Publications Amendment Bill (“the Bill”) into law. The Bill first entered the National Assembly in 2015, but not before it was widely criticised as archaic, vague and broad enough to include everything from hard-core pornography to cat videos on Youtube. The last four years before the Bill’s enactment, have [...]

By | 10th March, 2020|4IR, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, Media Law, PPM Attorneys, Privacy 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|

Tips for implementing effective privacy training in your organisation

Human error is the primary cause of personal data breaches[1]. The consequences of a data breach can be detrimental to a company and includes, not only direct damages and sanctions, but also substantial reputational harm. The mere occurrence of, as well as the costs and consequences of data breaches and data incidents could be drastically reduced by having appropriate awareness [...]

By | 28th January, 2020|4IR, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, GDPR, PPM Attorneys, Privacy 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 [...]

You are your brand!

On Monday,  6 January 2020, this was posted on Facebook: By Tuesday, 7 January 2020, Big Blue responded: It’s incredibly disheartening to think that employees or department heads who could have spotted this, and prevented the shirt from ending up on Big Blues’ shelves, failed to do so.  Despite the awareness people are trying to create around the unjust treatment [...]

By | 27th January, 2020|Media Law, PPM Attorneys, Social media law|

4IR SEMINAR – 4IR AND THE LAW

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By | 6th December, 2019|PPM Attorneys|

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|