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PPM Attorneys' are always on the cutting edge of developments in their field and are regularly approached to comment on current issues.

A move towards Electronic Deeds Registration Systems (e-DRS)

Let’s imagine a time when all you had to do to uncover who owns a property was go to a public website and do a public deed search, which would reveal the deed holder. This process may even provide an electronic deed to the holder.  As a property owner this would save you time and in most circumstances it saves [...]

By | 20th March, 2019|Cybersecurity, Data Protection, IT Law|

GDPR ENFORCEMENT: A PENALTY OF 50 MILLION EUROS AGAINST GOOGLE LLC

On 21 January 2019, the French Data Protection Authority’s (the “CNIL” ) restricted committee imposed a record fine of 50 million euros to Google LLC (“Google”). The main ground for its decision was non-compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) for lack of transparency, inadequate information and lack of valid consent regarding ads personalization. This penalty is based on [...]

By | 19th March, 2019|Data Protection, GDPR, IT Law, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law|

SHOULD YOU INCLUDE AN ARBITRATION CLAUSE IN YOUR CONTRACTS?

“Any dispute arising from or in connection with this Contract shall be finally resolved in accordance with the Rules of the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa by an arbitrator appointed by the Foundation.” Many contracts or agreements contain this clause, which makes it necessary for a matter be resolved through arbitration rather than be litigated in a court.  Regrettably, these [...]

By | 19th March, 2019|Arbitration, Commercial Law, Contract Law, PPM Attorneys|

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|