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Celebrate International Data Privacy Day with us!

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As we celebrate International Data Privacy Day, we think back on 2018. We spent a lot of time dealing with a deluge of questions from companies wondering whether they need to comply with the GDPR, and how they can combine their efforts to comply with the POPIA and the [...]

CHEERS TO 2018, BRING ON 2019!

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Well, 2018 was one crazy year. Data breaches, dramatic court hearings, lethal deli meats, controversial statements by a leader with freakishly small hands… and that was just at Novation. But seriously, the past twelve months have been the most exciting in our business to date. “Growth” does not begin to [...]

Ethics and data protection in AI

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When it comes to artificial intelligence (AI) it’s not difficult to see that we find ourselves in a time of great significance. Not only has AI magnificent potential, it is also progressing at a terrifying rate. And although we may not be the first to notice the potential of AI, [...]

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 [...]