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General legal advice that we give (our insight) on our focus areas

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 [...]

Legal Resources should be Accessible to Everyone

We believe strongly that everyone should have access to legal resources in their country. If people have access to legal resources like legislation and case law, they will be empowered to engage with the things that really affect them: the [...]

By | November 4th, 2016|Categories: Life@Law|Tags: , |

Living Wills

Living wills are documents that state the health treatment you want to receive once you are unable to tell doctors what you want. The idea behind living wills is that they ensure that your views are clear for doctors and [...]

By | October 12th, 2016|Categories: Plain Language, Uncategorised|Tags: , |

Recording Conversations without Consent

Are you recording conversations without someone's consent? Are you wondering whether it is lawful to do so? I bet you did not know that it is lawful to monitor a phone conversation or even someone speaking in a room full [...]

By | May 13th, 2016|Categories: Monitoring Law|Tags: , , |

What Must your Organisation Comply with?

Organisations must comply with all applicable laws (including ICT laws). So for example, you must comply with RICA. COBIT however, is not a law and therefore you do not have to comply with it. Organisations should consider adhering to rules, codes [...]

By | March 19th, 2016|Categories: IT Governance|Tags: , , |

New Laws in South Africa in 2011

2011 has been a very eventful year from a legal perspective. The law has changed radically and there are a new set of rules that apply to business and the commercial world. Many people are feeling overwhelmed, so if you [...]

By | October 17th, 2011|Categories: Company Law, Consumer Protection|Tags: |

Access to Information (PAI Act): Index (Part 2)

This is an index of the legal resources related to the Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 of 2000 from 2006 to 10 September 2009 General [Journal Articles] Van Coller, EH De Jure (2006) 39:01:163 - "Transparency and Access [...]

By | September 10th, 2009|Categories: Access to Information|Tags: , , , |

Privacy: Index (Part 2)

This is an index of the legal resources related to privacy (especially regards the workplace) from 2006 to 10 September 2009. Electronic communications - email, entrapment, internet, SMS, tapping Refer also to: Evidential aspects Note: See "Code of Practice on [...]

By | September 10th, 2009|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , |

The role of the certification authority and the ECT Act

Many people have heard the term certification authority or "CA", but are not exactly clear on what it means or what a CA does. In the world of information security and cyberspace certainty over the identification and authentication of the parties [...]

Protection of Personal Information Bill published

The Protection of Personal Information Bill (PPI Bill) was published on 25 August 2009.  An explanatory memorandum has also been published.  Ask yourself these questions: Do you collect personal information?  For example, do you ask your customer to provide you [...]