John Giles

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About John Giles

John Giles is the managing attorney at Michalsons. You can read his articles below or find out more about him.

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: , |

Review of a Commentary on the Protection of Personal Information Act

A Commentary on the Protection of Personal Information Act is a good legal textbook that lawyers and law students will find useful in raising their awareness about this very important topic that is about to become a big deal in [...]

By |2019-01-15T10:52:31+02:00December 20th, 2018|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|

What is ICT? What is the Meaning or Definition of ICT?

ICT is an acronym for "information communications technology". Many people ask what is ICT. What is the meaning or definition of ICT? The acronym ICT is often used in many different contexts. For example, people refer to the ICT industry, [...]

By |2018-11-08T14:01:26+02:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: IT Law|Tags: , , , , |

The Law regards Automatic and Electronic Processes

Many organisations are taking processes and looking to see how they can do them electronically and automatically. Putting digital first or moving from a paper-based environment to a digital environment. There are obviously huge benefits to going digital - [...]

Using special personal data to make automated decisions

The law is very strict when it comes to making automated decisions based on special personal data. You need to be very careful in this regard because otherwise, you will be making unlawful automated decisions. These are the questions that [...]

By |2018-09-10T20:30:28+02:00September 10th, 2018|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , |

Is a Witness Signature required on a Contract or Agreement?

Clients often ask us whether a witness needs to sign an agreement? Is a witness signature required? What are the rules for a contract witness? There are often two spaces on agreements for a witness to sign in addition [...]

By |2018-09-26T22:39:44+02:00August 16th, 2018|Categories: Electronic Signature Law|Tags: , , |