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The recent repeal of the rules surrounding Net Neutrality in the US may affect us. Here’s how…

No more Netflix and chill???   Feel like streaming a movie with bae[1]?  Or binge watching the latest season of GoT? (that’s Game of Thrones for all you people with real lives).  Your life in the lap of television luxury may soon cost double or even triple your monthly Showmax subscription, or even worse, come to an abrupt end. At [...]

By | 13th March, 2018|IP Law, Media Law|

WHY IS THE GDPR RELEVANT IN SOUTH AFRICA

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulations (“the GDPR”) are set to become fully effective on 25 May 2018.  Closer to home, the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (“POPIA”) is closing in and is likely to become fully effective next year.  Needless to say, the theme for 2018 is data protection. Compliance with POPIA is an extensive [...]

By | 9th November, 2017|Data Protection|

POPI’s draft regulations have been published

They are simple and clear to understand. Don’t miss your opportunity to comment. Earlier this year, during a stakeholder briefing, South Africa’s Information Regulator chairperson promised to have draft Protection of Personal Information Act regulations out before the end of 2017.  She has kept her word: draft POPIA (the Information Regulator prefers this acronym) regulations were published on Friday 8 [...]

By | 11th September, 2017|Data Protection, Information Security, IP Law, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law|

Tough lessons from SA corporate blunders on Twitter – a few tips on reducing the damage

OUTsurance, MiWay and more recently 702 Radio have all had social media mishaps. OUTsurance and 702 Radio because of decisions taken by their own teams and MiWay, somewhat unfairly as a result of a "fake" email that it attributes to a disgruntled customer. Social media can be a minefield if not used wisely, particularly in situations and on topics that may seem trivial and light-hearted [...]

By | 22nd August, 2017|Commercial Law, PPM Attorneys, Social media law|

Blue Whale: Fake or Real and the dangers facing SA kids

It seems a panic has swept the globe due to the “new” online social media game: the Blue Whale. After signing up, players are assigned a curator who then issues tasks; similar to a scene straight out of the movie “Nerve”, except with no reward. The tasks range from waking up at weird hours to watching strange videos. On the [...]

By | 17th May, 2017|Child law, PPM Attorneys, Social media law|

It’s World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD-2017): a quick overview on South Africa’s membership of the International Telecommunications Union

About WTISD The International Telecommunications Union (“ITU”) celebrates WTISD on 17 May each year. According to the ITU, the purpose of WTISD “is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.” WTISD [...]

By | 17th May, 2017|Commercial Law, Information Security, PPM Attorneys|

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 [...]

OF “BEN 10s” AND STATE ICT PROCUREMENT: GETTING IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME

The Department of Water and Sanitation has been under fire for its alleged unlawful ICT procurement procedures.  Part of the furore related to the allegation that Minister Nomvula Mokonyane’s alleged “Ben 10's” firm was contracted to advise on ICT related procurement projects (as a defamation lawyer, I’m not saying that his or his firm's appointment was unlawful).  The State, by virtue [...]