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20 October 2017 Cyberlaw & Technology Watch


Sex, lies and surveillance tapes

The so-called spy tapes scandal which has dramatically altered SA’s political landscape was back in the headlines with Friday’s Supreme Court of Appeal judgment, which confirmed that the 783 corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma should be reinstated ... Read More


Millions affected by massive data breach

In what is being labelled SA's biggest data breach, the personal and sensitive information of an estimated 30m South Africans has been exposed, a leading security developer has discovered. BusinessLIVE says that Tory Hunt, a Microsoft regional director, reported ... Read More

Top court denies review of computer access case

The US Supreme Court has denied certiorari in two cases concerning who can give permission to access a computer, an issue crucial to the determination of the meaning of the term ‘hacking’. According to a Jurist report, one of these ... Read More

Google plies policy experts with questions

Google recently summoned about 200 policy staff from around the world last month for a debate on whether the company’s size has made it too attractive as a target for government regulators. A report on the Fin24 site notes ... Read More


Lessons from Africa

Kenya's recently annulled elections have highlighted election problems that extend throughout the continent. In an analysis on the allAfrica site, Stephen Chan notes that African democracies are in the process of co-ordinating a ‘generation jump’ in applied technology and ... Read More


Zuckerberg apologises

* Mark Zuckerberg has apologised for showcasing Facebook's virtual reality capability with a tour of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. The Facebook founder and another executive discussed the platform's virtual reality project through avatars. The video begins with the avatars pictured ... Read More


* Instagram star Kristen Hancher, who has more than 3.4m followers, accidentally pressed the record button on her phone and allowed more than 14 000 people to listen to her love-making session with her boyfriend. Read More

Digital piracy concerns raised

* The US Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether law enforcement officials conducting a criminal investigation can demand data held overseas by Microsoft and other technology companies in a high-stakes clash over digital privacy. The justices will review a ... Read More


Splish splash ...

Splish splash ... last week introduced a long-awaited waterproof Kindle e-reader, the latest in a string of consumer devices from the online retail giant this year. Waterproofing has long been an omission on Kindle e-readers, and will now let ... Read More