technology law

POPIA is vital for 4IR law

The fourth industrial revolution (“4IR”) is causing significant changes to the way we live, interact and do business. This is the future of technology, where objects, machines and various other devices connect with each other in a secure, networked environment. 4IR is being driven by intelligent machines that can perform complex tasks automatically by communicating with other machines, with little [...]

SELF-DRIVING VEHICLE LAWS EXIST ONLY IN THE FUTURE

When then South African Minister of Transport, Blade Nzimande, was asked when self-driving vehicle (“SDV”) regulations would be introduced during a parliamentary Q&A session, he answered that there are currently no self-driving cars on the country’s roads, and that government has plans for their introduction but not in  the immediate future.[1]  This begs the  question of how government and business [...]

By | 10th October, 2019|4IR, AI, Technology Law|

South Africa’s Minister of Communications releases policy direction on WOAN licensing

South Africa's Minister of Communications has released the long awaited Policy on High Demand Spectrum and Policy Direction on the Licensing of a Wireless Open Access Network ("WOAN"). This puts the wheels in motion to release much needed frequency spectrum, with the WOAN getting preferential treatment in the 700, 800 and MHz bands. Click on the link below for the [...]

By | 26th July, 2019|4IR, IT Law, PPM Attorneys, Technology Law, Telecommunications Law|

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 [...]

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|

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]