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Will robot calls and SMSs for direct marketing purposes become a thing of the past?Article

Livia Dyer, partner, and Nadine Mather, senior associate, Bowmans explain how PoPIA will impact and potentially change, the parameters of direct marketing...

Livia Dyer and Nadine Mather 15 Sep 2020

POPIA: it's not as scary as you think
POPIA: it's not as scary as you thinkArticle

Right now, there's a word that's keeping many South African business executives awake at night - and it's not just Covid-19...

Daniel Lotter 11 Sep 2020

Pieter Bensch, executive vice-president, Africa & Middle East, Sage
Research reveals a radically different, Covid-influenced CFO roleArticle

As Covid-19 continues to challenge and disrupt the business landscape, chief financial officers (CFOs) are stepping up and playing a bigger role in digital transformation...

Pieter Bensch 4 Sep 2020

Data protection isn't just an IT issue, says BIL Logistics
Data protection isn't just an IT issue, says BIL LogisticsArticle

Ransomware attacks, which encrypt data and block access to systems until a ransom is paid, have become the most common and costly form of cyberattacks in the supply chain industry...

1 Sep 2020

Accelerating Africa's digital future
Accelerating Africa's digital futureArticle

As a continent with very high potential for growing economies, how can African countries accelerate their digital adoption and leapfrog into a new era of socio-economic prosperity?

Fadi Pharaon 31 Aug 2020

95% of schools may not be POPI Act compliant
95% of schools may not be POPI Act compliantArticle

Schools are increasingly embracing the digital universe and now the Covid-19 pandemic has stratospherically accelerated the adoption of online communication and digital strategies for South African schools...

27 Aug 2020

Data breaches the challenges of the new industrial revolution
Data breaches the challenges of the new industrial revolutionArticle

Data breaches are the industrial incidents of the information age and we need to find ways of eradicating them completely...

Issued by DMASA 25 Aug 2020

What employers need to know about POPIA
What employers need to know about POPIAArticle

The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPIA) which came into force on 1 July 2020 places several obligations on employers in terms of managing employees personal information...

Kirsten Eiser & Shane Johnson 19 Aug 2020

Your guide to a sound and secure data management strategy
Your guide to a sound and secure data management strategyArticle

There's no honour amongst thieves; an adage that couldn't be truer in current times when unscrupulous cybercriminals target vulnerable organisations...

Chris De Bruyn 19 Aug 2020

POPIA's impact on the estate agent-property buyer relationship
POPIA's impact on the estate agent-property buyer relationshipArticle

When shopping online the right to the protection of how one's 'details' is collected and processed is something consumers should be aware of...

12 Aug 2020

Digital transformation in the financial services sector
Digital transformation in the financial services sectorArticle

Data protection and cybercrime are becoming more pressing issues for financial services companies to address from a legal perspective, as Covid-19 accelerates digital transformation...

Carla Collett et al. 7 Aug 2020

Understanding the value proposition of data protection in the cloud
Understanding the value proposition of data protection in the cloudArticle

With the rapid migration to cloud technologies, security of data and applications is often the primary concern of IT teams...

Jared Naude 27 Jul 2020

3 steps to POPIA compliance
3 steps to POPIA complianceArticle

The African Union's Convention on Cyber Security and Data Protection (known as the Malabo Convention) outlines principles which urge all AU member states to respect and protect individuals' rights to privacy online and offline...

16 Jul 2020

Rapid digital migration exposes data privacy concerns for children
Rapid digital migration exposes data privacy concerns for childrenArticle

The broad, global migration towards virtual platforms following widespread Covid-19 lockdowns has highlighted the need for the digital privacy of children to be properly secured and protected. With more time spent in the digital world, child exposure to digital marketing is growing rapidly...

13 Jul 2020

DMASA launches Data Protection Compliance Programme
DMASA launches Data Protection Compliance ProgrammeArticle

The DMASA Data Protection Compliance Programme meets the more stringent sections of POPIA and helps business navigate the path of corporeal compliance...

Issued by DMASA 13 Jul 2020

Sophos reveals The State of Cloud Security 2020 report
Sophos reveals The State of Cloud Security 2020 reportArticle

According to The State of Cloud Security 2020, a global survey from Sophos, almost 71% of organisations from the MEA region experienced a public cloud security incident in the last year...

13 Jul 2020

Consumer protection: Why online contracts need to be regulated
Consumer protection: Why online contracts need to be regulatedArticle

Almost every time you browse a website, click the "accept" icon or download software, you are concluding an online contract ? a non-negotiated contract such as the terms and conditions regulating the use of websites or the privacy policies of online suppliers...

Dr Alec Basson 6 Jul 2020

We need to get serious about user data
We need to get serious about user dataArticle

Over the past few years, tech-savvy customers and younger, more dynamic, employees have forced businesses in all sectors to completely change their way of operating...

Andrew Bourne 3 Jul 2020

What you need to know about the POPI Act
What you need to know about the POPI ActArticle

The operative provisions of the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 will come into force on 1 July 2020...

25 Jun 2020

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Securing logistics operations in a data-first worldArticle

Even the simple act of finding your location is now a very digital experience thanks to GPS and electronic maps...

Chris de Bruyn 25 Jun 2020

Contact tracing and the data privacy challenge
Contact tracing and the data privacy challengeArticle

Recent years have seen a marked shift in the way technology interacts with our data privacy...

Shuman Ghosemajumder 19 Jun 2020

Digital Kungfu launches powerful platform that tracks B2B tech buying trends
Digital Kungfu launches powerful platform that tracks B2B tech buying trendsArticle

Using the power of data and crowdsourced buying trends, Digital Kungfu's latest platform, TechSumo, reveals how B2B tech buyers are making their purchasing decisions...

Issued by Digital Kungfu 18 Jun 2020

Youth Day 2020: Safeguarding children's rights in the digital era
Youth Day 2020: Safeguarding children's rights in the digital eraArticle

On 16 June annually, South Africa commemorates the Soweto youth uprising of 1976. More than four decades later, the youth of today continue to grapple with a vast array of challenges to the full realisation of their fundamental rights, both on- and offline...

Avani Singh, Issued by IAB South Africa 17 Jun 2020

WFH: Keep your information safe
WFH: Keep your information safeArticle

Working from home during lockdown has become a necessity for many businesses. Although working remotely means a business can continue to operate, it presents increased security risks...

Clea Rawlins 8 Jun 2020

A greener future for IT Asset Disposal
A greener future for IT Asset DisposalArticle

By 2050, the amount of e-waste will more than double to 120 million metric tons a year if nothing is done to tackle this massive problem...

8 Jun 2020

Improving the retail CX during tough times
Improving the retail CX during tough timesArticle

The retail industry faces the challenge of delivering a consistent experience across all channels, including online and physical storefronts...

Hemant Harie 28 May 2020

Electronic Communications Sector: Covid-19 Highlights
Electronic Communications Sector: Covid-19 HighlightsArticle

The Electronic Communication sector of South Africa has seen many changes to its legislative universe as well as important omissions. This includes the omission, likely as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, of the much-anticipated Protection of Personal Information Act No 4 of 2013, widely expected to be enacted on 1 April 2020...

Ezra Pillay 19 May 2020

A sneak-peek at the future of crypto asset regulation in South Africa
A sneak-peek at the future of crypto asset regulation in South AfricaArticle

The Intergovernmental Fintech Working Group (IFWG) has released its long-awaited position paper on crypto assets following the initial consultation paper published in 2019...

Seshree Govender, Cindy Liebowitz & Fatima Ismail 13 May 2020

How to approach data breaches
How to approach data breachesArticle

As data breaches continue to make their way into the public news cycle, individuals and organisations alike are looking for ways to protect their financial and personal information...

Doros Hadjizenonos 11 May 2020

Covid-19 and downgrades: Director's duties unpacked
Covid-19 and downgrades: Director's duties unpackedArticle

At the same time as grappling with a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19, South Africa's credit rating was also downgraded to below investment grade by Moody's...

Safiyya Patel & Jayshall Vassen 6 May 2020

How secure is your company data during a lockdown?
How secure is your company data during a lockdown?Article

Many businesses have developed business continuity plans (BCP) to mitigate risks and reduce the impact of the coronavirus crisis...

Paula Sartini 3 May 2020

Business functions to maintain business stability
Business functions to maintain business stabilityArticle

Business continuity plans have become even more valuable as Covid-19 sweeps across the globe forcing us into physical distancing and then lockdown...

3 May 2020

Data operations to ensure your data is protected
Data operations to ensure your data is protectedArticle

The world is changing faster than ever, and most organisations are struggling to keep up...

Alasdair Parsonson 30 Apr 2020

Data backup isn't dead, it's never been more important
Data backup isn't dead, it's never been more importantArticle

What businesses want from the cloud is changing...

Jasmit Sagoo 29 Apr 2020

AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region launched
AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region launchedArticle

Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched the AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region...

24 Apr 2020

Cybersecurity in the time of Covid-19
Cybersecurity in the time of Covid-19Article

One of the few constants during the times we're in is the knowledge that cybercriminals will try to leverage it for their financial gain...

Indi Siriniwasa 22 Apr 2020

The chances of ransomware attacks during the pandemic
The chances of ransomware attacks during the pandemicArticle

According to Kaspersky Lab, it detected over 120,000 ransomware attacks in SA in 2019. The figure for the first two months of 2020 was only 4,000...

Lukas van der Merwe 17 Apr 2020

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Popia to fuel better customer experiences for South AfricansArticle

With the Protection of Personal Information Act (Popia) planned to commence imminently, the way direct marketing is carried out and received by South African consumers is set to shift...

Sandra Galer 14 Apr 2020

Protect your data by moving to the cloud
Protect your data by moving to the cloudArticle

In South Africa, 75% of CEOs stated that the increasing complexity of cyber threats is shaping their businesses...

6 Apr 2020

#POPIA: 3 priorities we should focus on
#POPIA: 3 priorities we should focus onArticle

The Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) in South Africa was meant to come into effect 1 April 2020, but the date has been pushed out...

Lecio De Paula 31 Mar 2020

#WorldBackupDay: Backup your data...now!
#WorldBackupDay: Backup your data...now!Article

World Backup Day and serves as a reminder to all businesses and individuals to make sure that all important files and documents are backed-up...

30 Mar 2020

In happier and less challenging times: world leaders and guests pose for a picture on the second day of the annual G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 2019. Photo by Andrew Parsons - Pool/Getty Images
All world leaders face mega Covid-19 crises: how Ramaphosa is stacking upArticle

The Covid-19 pandemic is an extreme crisis that puts government under severe pressure. It puts the political judgement of the president or prime minister under the most intense spotlight...

Richard Calland 26 Mar 2020

#HumanRightsDay 2020: A spotlight on the right to data privacy in SA
#HumanRightsDay 2020: A spotlight on the right to data privacy in SAArticle

In these uncertain times, South Africa is fortunate to have a constitutional democracy that is deserving of being firmly guarded. Human Rights Day is an opportune time for us to reflect on what this means to us...

Avani Singh 20 Mar 2020

The importance of protecting your data
The importance of protecting your dataArticle

In its recent research, the Ponemon Institute shows that a data breach costs South African companies on average $3.06m - nearly R50m...

Lukas van der Merwe 18 Mar 2020

The perils of not knowing your data
The perils of not knowing your dataArticle

The exponential growth of data is creating a data management headache for large organisations...

Johan Scheepers 16 Mar 2020

What amendments to Kenya's digital tax law mean for SMEs
What amendments to Kenya's digital tax law mean for SMEsArticle

Digital traders would likely have heard of the recent changes to the Income Tax and VAT Acts introduced by the Finance Act, 2019 (the Act)...

John Syekei, Nikhil Hira, Denis Magonga and Angela Mukora 26 Feb 2020

#PODCAST: How I Built This: Talking data privacy with Ross Saunders
#PODCAST: How I Built This: Talking data privacy with Ross SaundersArticle

How I Built This dives into the stories behind growing SMEs and the movements they've built...

3 Feb 2020

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Marketers anticipate greater privacy regulation in 2020 [report]Article

Ahead of International Data Privacy Day, privacy-first marketing is the focus of the policy chapter of Warc's Marketer's Toolkit 2020...

27 Jan 2020

Leanne Mostert, partner, Webber Wentzel
6 things every miner ought to know about AIArticle

Artificial intelligence (AI) offers prospecting and mining operations a greater ability to target likely mineral deposits, plan new mine developments in difficult terrain, control autonomous vehicles and improve recovery rates from diamond sorting or other minerals processing...

Leanne Mostert 24 Jan 2020

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5 risks company directors and officers must look out forArticle

With corporate management under the spotlight like never before, a new report - Directors And Officers Insurance Insights 2020 - highlights five mega trends which will have significant risk implications for senior management in 2020 and beyond...

23 Jan 2020

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