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This is NOT what I signed up for – a survival guide for first-time managers

I’m the managing attorney at Michalsons, which means that I manage the other attorneys in the office. I still practice as an attorney some of the time, but most of my time is spent managing other attorneys. It’s a tricky [...]

By |2019-12-11T09:46:26+02:00December 10th, 2019|Categories: [email protected]|Tags: |

Respectful Policies and Directives Book

As a lawyer, I’ve encountered many policies over many years. I’ve read, reviewed, interpreted and drafted them. I now realise that they were almost all horrible. I’ve seen the light and woken up to a whole new world. The light [...]

By |2019-12-09T15:28:26+02:00December 9th, 2019|Categories: Governance, IT Law, POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , |

Guidelines on drafting Codes of Conduct

Data protection authorities around the world can issue or approve Codes of Conduct under applicable data protection law. Monitoring bodies or associations often draft them and then submit them to the authority to be issued. To facilitate this process authorities [...]

By |2019-12-09T13:21:39+02:00December 8th, 2019|Categories: Marketing Law, POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , |

Data protection audit by an authority | GDPR audit

Data protection authorities around the world have started to do a data protection audit (or GDPR audit) on controllers to check that they comply with data protection law. Essentially, the authority compares your organisation to a data protection law [...]

When is the POPIA deadline in South Africa?

We guestimate that the POPIA deadline will be on about 1 June 2021 or maybe a few months before that. Many people want to know when the POPIA deadline is so that they can plan what action to take and [...]

By |2019-11-15T08:28:07+02:00July 15th, 2019|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , |

How much does data protection compliance cost?

Now there is a good question. Many people ask us how much does data protection compliance (or more specifically GDPR compliance or POPIA compliance) cost. I'm afraid there is no simple answer but I can give you some guidance to [...]

By |2019-04-25T13:27:27+02:00April 25th, 2019|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , |

Cloud contracts regulate the relationship between user and provider

Cloud contracts are essential for organisations using the cloud. Cloud computing is where an organisation or individual uses remote servers that are hosted on the internet to manage, store and process data. The role of technology in business operations is [...]

By |2019-04-18T12:50:38+02:00March 28th, 2019|Categories: Contracts|Tags: , , , , |

Do what is reasonably practicable to comply with POPI

Do not try to protect all the personal information you process all of the time. You should only do what is reasonably practicable to protect personal information. This might sound strange coming from a lawyer who helps organisations to comply with [...]

By |2019-03-06T20:33:04+02:00March 3rd, 2019|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , , |

Consent, POPI and other legal requirements

The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPI or POPIA) is not a consent driven law. The default position is that you do not need to get someone's consent to process their personal information. But there are [...]

By |2019-01-25T11:28:16+02:00January 18th, 2019|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , |