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Michalsons is a corporate law firm, but we practice law differently because we believe that law should be accessible, empowering and helpful. You can read our articles below or find out more about us.

Progress by the Information Regulator – Media Briefing

Michalsons attended the media briefing given by the Information Regulator in Cape Town on 13 February 2017. We were pleased to engage with this newly appointed, energetic and committed team. A few key points from their presentation follow: They have [...]

By | February 14th, 2017|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , |

What is POPIA? POPI or POPIA? Which one is Correct?

What is POPIA? POPIA stands for the Protection of Personal Information Act - the South African data privacy and data protection law that was enacted in 2013. Many people use the acronym POPI or POPI Act to refer to it. Some [...]

By | February 13th, 2017|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , |

POPI Commencement Date or POPI Effective Date starts the Clock

Many people want to know what the POPI commencement date (or POPI effective date) will be. It is important because the grace period of one year starts running from the commencement date - the clock starts ticking. You must comply with POPI [...]

By | February 13th, 2017|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , , |

Information Regulator in South Africa

The Information Regulator is a new regulator that has been created by the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI Act). POPI gives the Information Regulator teeth - it has extensive powers to investigate and fine responsible parties. Data subjects will be [...]

By | February 13th, 2017|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , , |

The Regulatory Road Ahead in 2017

A new year – and new challenges for those of us who work to ensure organisations meet regulatory requirements. What does 2017 hold in store in for us? Here are our predictions. Not all our predictions will prove right, but [...]

By | January 29th, 2017|Categories: Life@Law|

Guide to Advanced Electronic Signatures

Advanced electronic signatures are those electronic signatures which have ‘passed a test' or been accredited. Think of this as a type of "stamp of approval". Without it, certain electronic signatures will simply not be considered good enough to be used to [...]

Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill – the Cyber Bill

The Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill is in the process of being enacted. Some people will call it the Cyber Bill, Cybercrimes Bill, Cybercrime Act or Cybercrime Law. Others might refer to it as CaCA, the CaC Bill or just CaC. What will [...]

By | January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Cyber Crime|Tags: , , , , , |

Cloud Compliance: What you need to know

Cloud compliance is about complying with the laws and regulations that apply to using the cloud. Most organisations are moving to the cloud because there are good business reasons to do so. The law does not prevent the adoption of [...]

By | November 28th, 2016|Categories: IT Law|Tags: , , |

Launch of Michalsons POPI Compliance Programme

We're excited to introduce you to the Michalsons POPI Compliance Programme. The programme is a set of related activities with the long-term aim of complying with the Protection of Personal Information Act. Why the Michalsons POPI Compliance Programme? We have [...]

By | November 28th, 2016|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , |

Is the Geolocation of Employees Lawful?

Geolocation is the identification of the geographic location of an object (like a computer) or a person (like an employee). It is obviously very useful to know where something is. Knowing that John is on the 15th floor in boardroom [...]

By | October 27th, 2016|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , |