IT law

Decentralised Finance: What is it and how is it regulated in South Africa?

What is Decentralised Finance? Decentralised Finance (DeFi for short) is a financial system built on public blockchains such as BitCoin and Ethereum.  Blockchains refer to a list of data records that work as a decentralised digital lender.  The data in a specific blockchain is organised into blocks, which is chronologically arranged and secured by cryptography.  The oldest and safest blockchain [...]

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, [...]

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|

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|

Data Privacy New Year’s Resolutions

As we celebrate the beginning of the digital decade, 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|

GDPR BENEFITS FOR CONSUMERS

You are probably reading this article on your smart phone, which has a digital footprint of all the people and entities in your life who you have interacted with online. Whether you are aware of it or not, your personal data is being shared online for the world to consume.  This means that your location and preferences are well known. [...]

By | 26th June, 2018|Cybersecurity, Data Protection, IP Law, IT Law, Labour law, Media Law|

CAN YOUR EMPLOYER READ YOUR MIND

If you think your boss is a bit nosy and intrusive be thankful that you don’t work for a state-owned enterprise in China.  Employees’ brain waves are reportedly being monitored in workplaces such as factories and military operations. Thankfully,the technology is not advanced enough where employers can read the minds of workers. The technology does however, detect and analyze, with [...]

By | 26th June, 2018|AI, Labour law, Privacy Law|

KEEP YOUR HEAD IN THE CLOUDS

The world is running out of space. Parks are becoming buildings, highways are ploughing through farmland and your Blackberry that could store hundreds of photos has turned into your iPhone that can store thousands. Who needs a memory card or USB in the era of *dunt dunt dunt…* THE CLOUD. We all know of cloud storage, and we’ve all heard [...]

By | 26th June, 2018|IT Law, Privacy Law|

Technology aspects of the State of the Nation Address and what they mean for SA: exciting times ahead!

In his State of the Nation address last night, President Ramaphosa touched those areas of the South African economy that can turn our fortunes around relatively quickly: agriculture, tourism, manufacturing and technology. What he had to say about technology is really exciting. “Government is finalising a small business and innovation fund targeted at start-ups.” He’s just come back from Davos.  [...]