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Crying over spilled data. Greenwich University and the GDPR.

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The University of Greenwich in the United Kingdom was recently fined £120 000 by their Information Regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office. You can read the full decision here. Why do we care? We care because South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) is very similar to the General Data [...]

Why I deleted my Facebook account

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For many years I have had significant misgivings about Facebook’s approach to protecting personal information. Despite this I kept a Facebook account as a means for my friends to update me on what they were doing (rather than me updating them, as I just did not trust that Facebook would [...]

POPIA compliance and Codes of Conduct

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In a sense, the POPIA is a bit of an odd bird. In South Africa, we are used to rules-based legislation. Legislation that prohibits things, sets requirements, tells us what to do. This is not the case with the POPIA. As with its European ancestor, the European Union General Data [...]

A bunch of our favourite (free) EU GDPR reads

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With the 25 May 2018 implimentation date for the EU GDPR creeping closer, there is a lot of information flying around. So much, that it is easy to feel overwhelmed. So we thought we would make a list of our favourite (free) EU GDPR resources. The United Kingdom Information Commissioner’s [...]

Sick of spammers? Know your rights.

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In this country, it’s hard to find something that everyone can agree on, but we’re fairly certain that we all agree that random ‘investment opportunity’ emails, cold calls from insurance companies and personal loan SMSs are super annoying! Why are we still bombarded with unsolicited and unwanted direct marketing and [...]

Your right to privacy. How will it change under POPIA?

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The Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) is set to kick in in the first half of 2018, according to the Information Regulator. Businesses have been scrambling to get their information governance practices in line with POPIA’s requirements. But what difference will it make to the lives of consumers? According [...]

4 things you can do today to protect your privacy

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Privacy seems to be on everyone’s minds lately. Between online shopping, sharing your life on social media, and signing up for a webinar, it’s hard to keep track of where you’re sharing your personal information. Here are four things you can do to protect yourself in the age of sharing. [...]

Be smart about sharing your information

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28 January is Data Privacy Day, an international day created to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection. When you think of a data breach you often think of twelve-year-old hackers recruited as spies by bad people, right? But mostly data breaches happen because someone was careless with personal [...]

Are your lawyers still not writing in plain language?

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Nearly a decade into having some of the best plain language legislation in the world, why are we not seeing more comprehensible contracts? Why aren't we seeing more of an effort from companies and their lawyers to improve consumers’ access to information? We’ve worked with many different companies – from [...]

What we’re up to: Plain Language Policies

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Over the last few months we’ve increasingly been working on redrafting all different types of policies for various different clients. From HR policies to information governance policies. It may seem like a tedious job, but we love it because it gives us the opportunity to correct those things that are [...]