cybersecurity

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|

COVID-19: The importance working paperlessly in law firms

The spread of COVID-19 has negatively influenced the output of work at a global level. It has affected nearly every sector and has ultimately halted cross border trade. As the coronavirus unfolds across countries, many firms have adopted a policy which allows their employees to work remotely. However, considering the number of law firms that are wholly reliant on paper [...]

COVID-19 Update: Verifying Electronic Signatures and Notarisation

Within the past month, we have gone from mainly needing to authenticate and verify documents through a physical (wet-ink) signature to an era where the need to authenticate and verify documents online is inevitable. We have effectively moved from paper-based certification and verification to electronic authentication This effectively, all in a bid to safeguard against the COVID – 19 pandemic, [...]

COURTS v COVID – 19

In 2010 the notion of the use of electronic communication by courts was a rumour in South Africa’s judicial system. It’s interesting to note that, because of an unprecedented consequence of the global pandemic, the courts, like the other branches of state power, have taken drastic measures to reduce the local transmission of Covid - 19. The courts are hoping [...]

By | 2nd April, 2020|4IR, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, PPM Attorneys|

Legal considerations around eCommerce

We live in an ever globalised and connected world where it is possible to buy someone lunch across borders using a website or a mobile app. As the sale of goods and services from website and mobile apps increase, the appetite for online shopping continues to grow. However, various legal considerations should be made when selling goods or services online. [...]

By | 11th March, 2020|Commercial Law, Consumer Law, Contract Law, PPM Attorneys|

THE “NEDBANK BREACH”: WHAT IF THE PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION ACT WAS IN FORCE?

Nedbank has handled the data breach its direct marketing services supplier - Computer Facilities (Pty) Ltd – suffered last week, reasonably well. This is evident from how they appear to have investigated it, to their frank, factual and informative press release. Apart from some reputational damage and a few million rand in forensics, legal and public relations agency fees, Nedbank [...]

By | 11th March, 2020|4IR, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, GDPR, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law, Technology 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|

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 [...]

Cloud services contracts and data protection

Technology constantly revolves and brings with it new opportunities for economic growth and development. Cloud services are one such technological development that has disrupted how businesses, organisations and private persons manage and store their data. Most people and businesses have migrated data management and IT solutions from the use of USBs, external hard drives, and hardware servers to cloud based [...]