The consequences of the Cybercrimes Act on Social Media (ab)use

By |2021-06-14T08:45:05+01:00June 10th, 2021|Cyber Crime and Insurance, ICT Law, Social Media law|

The Cybercrimes Act (the Act) focuses mainly on criminalising the interference with computer systems and data, which is described in more detail in Andrew Marshall’s article on the subject. However, the Act also has bearing on the way we use (and often abuse) social media which will have an impact on the general public. What you share on social media platforms, including WhatsApp and WhatsApp groups, could now land you in jail if we consider the sections relating to “malicious communications” in the Act.

Cybercrimes Act

By |2021-06-14T08:46:16+01:00June 10th, 2021|ICT Law, Social Media law|

The Cybercrimes Act has finally been signed into law by the President. The purpose of the Act is to bring South Africa into line with international jurisprudence on the detection and prosecution of crimes which are either specific to computers, or which are perpetrated using computers. This is a very brief summary of the sections of the Act that may interest our clients.

Let’s discuss the interception of data!

By |2021-01-21T07:15:38+00:00December 9th, 2020|ICT Law|

Public Wi-Fi is convenient, and it allows us to save on data costs and work on the go, as these networks are usually in public places such as airports, coffee shops and shopping malls. But, no matter the convenience, we recommend caution if you connect to public networks as firstly, you do not have any knowledge of who created the public network and for what (potentially sinister reason),  and secondly, it is impossible to know who else or how many other people are connected to the same network

The Importance of a Social Media Policy

By |2020-10-13T07:22:56+01:00October 13th, 2020|ICT Law, ICT Law, Social Media law|

An employer having a social media policy should not restrict employees from using social media but rather be a tool to equip employees on how to use social media in the most beneficial manner and to ensure that anything that is said  on social media platforms, whether or not it is about the employer and even if it is after office hours – does not bring the employer into disrepute.

Virtual Commissioning of Documents

By |2021-04-06T11:10:44+01:00September 30th, 2020|Commercial Law, ICT Law|

When we have any documentation commissioned, we essentially swear, by providing proper identification, before someone who has the authority to administer an oath (such as a police official, an attorney, a charted accountant, etc.), that we understand the content of the documentation and find it binding on our conscience. The commissioner confirms this by placing his/her signature and stamp. Usually this is a process done face to face but with these unprecedented times of living in lockdown and trying to reduce the spread of infection, it may be wise to consider alternative means of commissioning.

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