cybercrime

Dissecting the Cybercrimes Act – The crime of hacking (part 1)

Introduction If we put aside the misery around Covid-19 for a moment, we can notice that a lot of exciting developments have taken place and are still taking place in South Africa’s legislative landscape. We are 5 months away from POPIA[1] coming into full effect. By 1 July of this year, both private and public companies, organisations and institutions will [...]

By | 26th January, 2021|4IR, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, IT Law, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law, Technology Law|

The Cybercrimes Bill: Recent amendments

Recently, the parliamentary committee on security and justice, adopted the Cybercrimes Bill (“the Bill”) along with several other pieces of legislation. The Bill establishes and defines procedures in which cyber-related crimes can be investigated and creates various new offences for crimes committed on the internet. One of the most important aspects the Bill addresses is that it criminalises the distribution [...]

By | 2nd October, 2020|4IR, Cybersecurity, IT Law, PPM Attorneys, Technology Law|

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|

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 [...]

4IR laws we need to achieve our Smart City

Last week’s SONA made me think of a young petrol attendant I met in the rural Eastern Cape.  He was eloquent, erudite and perfect for a business process outsourcing centre (BPO) type job, like a call centre.  After last week’s address, a smart city, or smart village, could well be bringing that BPO job to him. There are legal and [...]

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|

The Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill – the rationale behind it and why you should comment

The enacting of legislation undergoes a consultative process; the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act 3 of 2000 (“PAJA”) provides that where an administrative action materially affects the rights of the public, the public must be consulted.  The principle behind public participation is that all the stakeholders affected by a piece of legislation have a right to be consulted and contribute [...]

By | 10th July, 2017|Data Protection, Information Security, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law|

ARE YOU CYBER AWARE?

Take a moment to consider these 2 important questions: How many time have you brought your own device to work and connected it to the server? How many times have you taken your work devices home and connected them to your personal Wi-Fi? If the answer is “one time too many”, then I suggest you pay careful attention to this [...]

By | 7th June, 2017|Data Protection, Information Security, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law|

CYBERBULLYING: SOCIAL MEDIA’S NEW SURGE

We have all heard of devastating stories both locally and internationally of children and adults who have committed harmful acts towards themselves or others due to cyberbullying.  It would however appear that this is phenomenon is on the rise especially following the tremendous growth of social media across the world.  Mediums such as Facebook, Twitter, Snap Chat, and Instagram have [...]

By | 7th June, 2017|PPM Attorneys, Social media law|

YOU WILL BE BREACHED: TIPS ON LIMITING LEGAL LIABILITY UNDER THE PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION ACT

It was reported over the past weekend that 15 computers were stolen in a burglary at the Office of the Chief Justice, in Johannesburg.  The media reported that the computers held the information of 243 South African judges and about 1,800 support staff.  Other important South African state institutions like the state arms procurement company, Armscor, and the South African police [...]