Lance Michalson

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About Lance Michalson

Lance Michalson was the founder of Michalsons and left in 2013. He is now the In-house Legal Advisor at Dimension Data, Sydney, Australia. You can read his articles below or find out more about him.

Cryptography laws in South Africa

What is cryptography? Wikipedia defines "cryptography" as "the practice and study of hiding information". Where a document or communication has been encrypted, the act of encrypting serves several purposes? To: establish its authenticity; prevent its undetected modification; prevent its repudiation [...]

By | 2017-12-07T07:01:40+00:00 May 25th, 2012|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , |

Trademark Applications – What You Need to Know

Trademark applications give a trade mark powerful protection against infringement. By default, trademarks are protected by the common law, but it's often difficult and expensive to protect your brand this way. Trademarks can be registered under the Trade Marks Act, No. 194 [...]

By | 2017-12-07T07:01:41+00:00 February 5th, 2012|Categories: Intellectual Property Protection|Tags: |

Impersonation and fake social media accounts

A fake social media account could result in legal action against the impersonator in terms of either civil or criminal law. However, this pre-supposes that one is able to ascertain the true identity of the person behind the impersonation. This [...]

By | 2017-12-07T07:01:41+00:00 November 8th, 2011|Categories: Social Media Law|Tags: |

Why IT disputes occur and how to avoid them

I have recently been negotiating some complex IT contracts for a client and again witnessed the disconnect between the IT vendor and its customer. I was reminded how often this leads to legal problems, difficulties, and disputes. What follows is [...]

By | 2018-07-25T14:39:36+00:00 October 24th, 2011|Categories: Contracts|Tags: , |

When is your email private

The case of Smith and Partners in Sexual Health (Non-Profit) CCMA (WECT 13711-10) heard in the CCMA in October 2010, which we wrote about here, raises this interesting question? When can an email be considered the "private" property of the employee and [...]

By | 2017-12-07T07:01:42+00:00 October 19th, 2011|Categories: Email Law|Tags: |