Recently Mike Silber from Michalsons was a guest on Cape Talk and was interviewed on various topics related to privacy.  Click on the play button to listen to the interview.

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Part 1: 00:00 – 09:55

This introduces the speakers, Ronald Bobroff (who leads conversation), Mike Silber (from Michalsons) and Ian Currie as well as the two main topics to be discussed being: what is the law currently regarding privacy and how the State and agencies can get access to any form of communications.


Part 2: 09:56 – 17:42

Ian Currie discusses the background to the Protection of Personal Information Bill (not yet a law), the broadness of the privacy act as well as the regulations of personal information and complexity in implementing a privacy bill.


Part 3: 17:43 – 26:01

A caller phones in to ask various questions about a credit bureaus obligations in allowing you access to your personal information, their obligation to allow customers to check for correct information and if they can inform you who listed you.


Part 4: 26:02 – 35:51

The speakers discuss the act regarding the States right to intercept all forms of communication and what forms of communication can be intercepted.

A caller phones in, discussing whether the privacy bill protects ones privacy when submitting personal information to international websites. A question is asked about who “Gate keeps” information flowing in and out of South Africa and the control of posting up certain, possible harmful, information, the ability to prevent it and its relation the privacy act.


Part 5: 35:52 – 51:40

A caller phones in asking a question about the relationships between 3rd party subscriptions and cellphone providers and who to speak to if one wants to have a content subscription removed.

Another caller phones in asking questions about unwanted SMS advertising thus how the companies receive your information as well how to prevent this is then discussed. They then discuss if an SMS as well as SMS content be intercepted by anyone.


Part 6: 00:00 – 17:00

The speakers discuss the rights one has according to the proposed bill (which isn’t yet law) and to what extent the privacy law covers ones privacy. They also discuss privacy laws regarding location tracking, such trackers as “child finder” locators, interception, the use of surveillance and if parents can use any of these against their children.


Part 7: 17:00 – 27:49

A question is asked about supplying vast amounts of personal information to such places as insurance companies and medical institutes and the privacy issues involved. The speakers also discuss protection against false or con emails and how they obtain ones information.


Part 8: 27:50 – 35:30

Brian Mdluli, the CEO of direct marketing is introduced and discusses how advertisers get your information, and how to block or prevent unwanted information.


Part 9: 35:31 – 51:45

A question is asked about the possibility of tracing someone who maliciously conveys your information online. A Callers question is discussed with regards to a bank and if someone internally can access your bank account and give away information. Finally the importance of information communication technology and the importance of having disclaimer on ones email is discussed.