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Why, and what now Europe?

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If you’re in the digital or data driven services industry you most probably received  calls from a lot of panicky clients asking whether your service is GDPR compliant. Luckily for many South African companies, the answer would be, “no, we’re not, and we don’t have to be”. However, it is [...]

The C-word

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Here at Novcon using the word ‘consent’ is pretty much like telling us you do not like our Lego ... yes, we take offence! So, we have dubbed consent the c-word, mostly because it is misunderstood and abused so often. Here’s why. Whenever someone asks me for my consent I [...]

Compliance & Legal consultant

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Novation Consulting is bursting at the seams with work. We need a top performing, creative mind, who knows compliance, risk management, and legal stuff. This is an opportunity to escape the chains of corporate life, to throw away your office shoes, and to do things slightly, okay a lot, differently. [...]

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. [...]