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15 April 2021 Cyberlaw & Technology Watch


Is SA on the verge of a tech boom?

The digital economy presents opportunities to create jobs, now even more so as the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated changes. That’s the view of President Cyril Ramaphosa who this week noted that SA has clinched the top spot as a global ... Read More


Zille sparks another Twitter storm

Using brutal attacks in northern Mozambique to discredit the #BlackLivesMatter movement in a Facebook post, veteran political leader Helen Zille has come under fire. The Cape Times reports that she said she has seen ‘totally and utterly gruesome’ videos of ... Read More

Fresh concerns over Facebook's algorithms

Facebook users may not be learning about jobs for which they are qualified because the company's tools can disproportionately direct ads to a particular gender ‘beyond what can be legally justified,’ university researchers said in a study published ... Read More

Millions of user profiles up for sale

Information scraped from about 500m LinkedIn user profiles is part of a database posted for sale on a website popular with hackers, the company has confirmed. The sale of the data was first reported last week by cybersecurity news and ... Read More


How to navigate WhatsApp’s updated policy

A number of cartoons in circulation feature Facebook CEO’s Mark Zuckerberg secretly reading or listening to our WhatsApp messages and chats. At the heart of it is worldwide concern about WhatsApp (which Facebook owns) accessing and using personal information. This ... Read More

Virtual justice and unequal Internet addressed

Judges and advocates put their heads together to address access to justice as SA courts move to virtual hearings at a time when many are struggling with unequal Internet access and high data costs, notes Legalbrief. ‘How do you conduct ... Read More


Authenticity of laptop verified

* The Daily Mail claims that forensics experts have verified the authenticity of messages and images in a laptop containing lurid details of Hunter Biden's private life. The laptop was the subject of intense controversy in the run-up to the ... Read More


Mother jailed for underage affair

Mother jailed for underage affair   A mother-of-three who had sex with a schoolboy after exchanging text messages with him on Snapchat has been jailed for more than two years. Sophie Hindmarch (27) from Cumbria, began sharing messages with the 14-year-old ... Read More

Policy Watch

New code on access for hearing, visually impaired

A new regulatory code has been gazetted on basic standards to be met in facilitating access for the hearing and/or visually impaired to electronic communications and television broadcasting services. It prescribes the requirements to be met in respect of ... Read More

Online business/consumer market inquiry unpacked

The Competition Commission has gazetted terms of reference for an online intermediation platform services market inquiry expected to begin next month. Focusing on platforms intermediating transactions between business users and consumers – including those generating transaction leads – it will ... Read More

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