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BIG DATA ANALYTICS: THE PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION ACT PROVIDES FOR IT TOO!

Big data analytics is the new buzzword.  It is mentioned everywhere and across every industry.  Everyone wants to make use of big data for one or other reason.  But what is big data analytics? The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) recently published a document that gave the following definition of big data analytics: In summary, big data can be thought [...]

By | 10th October, 2017|Data Protection, PPM Attorneys|

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|

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 [...]

Minister Gordhan’s Budget Speech Hints at Using Big Data To Give A Big Beating To Corrupt Officials

Mining has commonly been a catalyst for exponential development.  Coal mining brought about the industrial revolution, diamond mining resulted in Kimberly being the second city in the world to have electric streetlights, gold mining turned the once penal colony of Australia into a cutting edge country, and now data mining is propelling the digital revolution to dizzying heights. As mentioned [...]

By | 17th March, 2017|Commercial Law, PPM Attorneys, Technology Law|

THE SASSA CONTROVERSY: ASPECTS RELATED TO THE PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

    Background The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is in hot water. If the matter is not handled properly – and quickly, it could result in millions of beneficiaries drowning in financial woes. SASSA’s current contract for the payment of social grants expires on 31 March 2017. Although unlikely, there is a chance that beneficiaries may not be [...]