About Michalsons

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.

Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill – the CaC Bill

The Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill was published on 28 August 2015 and will probably be introduced in Parliament in early 2017. Some people will call it the Cybercrime Act or Cybercrime Law. Others might refer to it as CaCA, the CaC Bill [...]

By | December 4th, 2016|Categories: Cyber Crime|Tags: , , , , |

Cloud compliance: What you need to know

Organisations need to be familiar with cloud compliance if they use cloud computing services. Cloud compliance is associated with data protection law and organisations should be aware of how these two elements interact. What is cloud compliance? How does the [...]

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: , |

POPI Commencement Date or POPI Effective Date

Many people want to know what the POPI commencement date (or 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 and [...]

By | November 22nd, 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: , , |

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

National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper

South Africa has a new National Integrated ICT Policy, which was approved by Cabinet on 3 October 2016. The South African government has changed its policy on information, communication, and technology (ICT). If you are an ICT company or in the [...]

By | October 7th, 2016|Categories: IT Law|Tags: , , , |

Global Privacy and Data Protection Book

Are you looking for a Data Protection Book? There are many countries that have privacy, data protection and security laws. It can be very confusing to find all of them and compare them. All the relevant information is not available on [...]

By | August 9th, 2016|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , , |

What is a Collaboration Agreement?

What is a collaboration agreement? How is it different to a teaming agreement? Many people use the terms interchangeably, but there is a distinction between them. A Collaboration Agreement is for people working on the same thing A collaboration agreement is [...]

By | July 26th, 2016|Categories: IT Contracts|Tags: , , , |

The Pitfalls of Software Escrow

The decision to place code in escrow is just the start of the source code negotiations, not the end. The devil really is in the detail in this case and clear rules for release of the code held in escrow need to be specifically thought about in relation to the specific needs of the licensee and drafted explicitly so that there is no room for doubt in the minds of any of the parties to the escrow agreement as to whether or not the code may be released.

By | July 21st, 2016|Categories: IT Contracts|Tags: , , |