Legal Trends 2018

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Canadian man charged over leak of three billion hacked accounts

An Ontario man made his first court appearance on Monday, 15 January 2018, to answer charges of running a website that collected personal and password data from some three billion accounts, and sold them for profit...

16 Jan 2018

'Revenge porn': Facebook to compensate Northern Irish teen

Facebook has settled a legal case involving naked photos posted on the social media platform of a Northern Irish teenager, the lawyer for the victim confirmed to AFP on Wednesday...

11 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: 'Privacy by Design' - Africa's best chance for global data protection compliance

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will be implemented on 25 May 2018, is raising the bar for data protection globally, and setting a new gold standard in a digitally transforming world...

By Alexia Christie and Rubeena Parker 11 Jan 2018

Top tech lobby joins legal battle to keep 'net neutrality'

The lobby group for some of the most powerful US tech firms said on Friday, 5 January 2018, it would join the legal challenge to the planned rollback of "net neutrality" rules requiring internet service providers to treat all online traffic equally...

9 Jan 2018

57 million riders, drivers affected by Uber breach

Global transportation technology company Uber Technologies has admitted it suffered a breach that saw hackers stealing the personal information of approximately 57 million customers and drivers...

By Simon Campbell-Young 13 Dec 2017

Artificial intelligence - the apex of tech and policy challenges

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the apex of today's technology age as we push the boundaries towards Industry 4.0 and super-intelligence...

By Aalia Manie 23 Nov 2017

Leakers dodge jail, R10m fine

If the Protection of Personal Information Act had been fully enacted, those responsible for leaking the data of 60-million South Africans could have been fined up to R10m or imprisoned for 10 years...

By Nico Gous 23 Oct 2017

Your business is vulnerable: Seven tips to prevent identity theft

It may sound strange to think that your business could be the victim of identity theft, but the truth is that any entity is capable of being “hijacked” by fraudsters...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 12 Sep 2017

Navigating through data-focused legislation

Besides being able to unlock the value of their data, businesses also have to remain compliant with the multiple pieces of data-focused legislation...

By Cleo Becker 15 Aug 2017

Online gamblers forfeit R1m winnings to State

Illegal gamblers have forfeited over R1 million of their winnings to the State, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies...

29 May 2017

Unpacking PoPI Act to employees is essential

The legal interpretation of the Protection of Personal Information Act (PoPIA) legislation impact is often dealt with at a high-level with management, which then fails to provide support in unpacking, analysing and interpreting the specific impact and remedies...

15 May 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa third highest exposure to cyber fraud

Given that sub-Saharan Africa has the third highest exposure to incidents of cyber fraud in the world, the revised draft Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill is a welcome addition to the prevention of cybercrime...

By Krevania Pillay 18 Apr 2017

Mobile legal research is the future

Mobile legal research with its ease of access, convenience and user-friendly formats, is gaining momentum in South Africa and looks set to significantly change the way legal professionals work in the future...

Issued by LexisNexis 3 Apr 2017

Dutch consider tough new cybercrime law

The Netherlands is considering a bill to give police far-ranging powers to prosecute cybercrime, including the ability to hack suspects' computers or trap suspected paedophiles...

6 Mar 2017

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International

Waymo, Uber end trade secrets theft trial with settlement

SAN FRANCISCO, USA - Waymo and Uber announced an agreement on Friday, 9 February 2018, in the blockbuster federal lawsuit over allegedly stolen trade secrets from the former Google self-driving car project.

12 Feb 2018

21st Century Fox/Sky takeover thrown into doubt by UK regulator

LONDON, UK: Britain's competition regulator provisionally ruled Tuesday that a planned takeover of pan-European satellite TV giant Sky by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox entertainment group was "not in the public interest".

24 Jan 2018

Tesla faces fresh Norway lawsuit over false advertising

OSLO, Norway: Nearly 80 Tesla owners in Norway have sued the US automaker over misleading advertising, saying their electric car did not deliver the promised performance, Norwegian daily Dagens Naeringsliv (DN) reported on Thursday.

12 Jan 2018

Steinhoff investors ask to join Dutch lawsuit

The Dutch Investors Association (VEB) says it has been approached by many South African-registered Steinhoff shareholders interested in participating in its class action against Steinhoff.

By Ann Crotty 12 Jan 2018

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