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How to write contracts that actually work

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For a long time, users of legal services have been getting the short end of the stick, from incomprehensible contracts and confusing court procedures to the way law firms bill for their time. But the tide is turning, and lawyers who want to stay afloat have to start putting [...]

Are you mature enough for POPIA?

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Many of our projects begin with a similar story from new clients, ‘We made our first attempt to become POPIA compliant in 2015, but nothing changed. We asked ABC to help us in 2017 and we wrote 1000 policies and sent the whole company on training, but we are [...]

It’s time to put on your own oxygen mask

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We all know the announcement at the beginning of a flight (remember those?): ‘In the event of a loss of cabin pressure, an oxygen mask will automatically drop from the ceiling. To start the flow of oxygen, pull the mask towards you. Place it firmly over your nose and mouth, [...]

POPIA is coming, look busy.

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Why the face? The Information Regulator asked the President to announce 1 April 2020 as the commencement date for the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA). 1 April is also an auspicious date widely known as April Fools Day. It is lesser known as Sourdough Bread Day. On 1 April [...]

Write policies that matter

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We *heart* policies. Done well they can increase efficiency, improve teamwork, establish culture and protect everybody. Check out how we approach policies. Disclaimer: these slides are not for box tickers. And no, we don't have templates - one size fits all fits no one.

Does data minimisation spark joy?

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The minimality requirement The requirement of minimality is one of the conditions for processing personal information in the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA). The POPIA provides that personal information can only be processed ”if, given the purpose for which it is processed, it is adequate, relevant and not excessive”. [...]

Direct marketing and the dreaded consent

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Everywhere we go, we are asked the same questions. Do we really have to use the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad form 4, to get consent for direct marketing when the POPIA comes into effect? And do we then really have to get consent again from our current database? To answer [...]

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 [...]

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