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30 November 2021 Cyberlaw & Technology Watch


Government commits to speedy digital divide close

Government is racing to close the digital divide gap in SA, focusing on accelerating digital migration, writes Legalbrief. To this end, Communications & Digital Technologies Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni wants research and development projects that provide universal connectivity in SA to ... Read More


Instagram under scrutiny for exploiting children

Social media's effect on young people took the spotlight last week as US Attorneys-General last week targeted Meta for manipulating children and teens' data, while at legislative level senators sought to introduce a Bill that will protect online privacy ... Read More

Minister awaits Treasury direction on TV licence fees

The SABC has again called on Parliament to scrap the TV licence fees system and replace it with a levy. Philly Moilwa, SABC general manager of regulatory affairs, last week told Parliament that a device-independent, tech-neutral public media levy for ... Read More

GovChat to stay with WhatsApp for now

Following the March interim relief order ensuring GovChat is not off-boarded from WhatsApp, the Competition Tribunal has granted the citizen engagement platform a further extension. According to an IT Web report, the tribunal said this month it has ordered that ... Read More


Data strategy must be intrinsic to business strategy

A data strategy should be as organic as a company: growing, changing and moving, responding to environmental and internal forces. Writing in an IT Web analysis, Upuli De Abrew, a director at Insight Consulting, states that ‘with data and associated ... Read More


Woman's child pornography case postponed

* The case against a Bonteheuwel woman accused of selling child pornography on the dark web was yesterday postponed to 8 December to determine at which level of court the matter will be heard. The woman was arrested when local police and ... Read More

CCMA launches Labour Advice app

* The CCMA, in collaboration with Business Unity SA has launched a free-to-use Labour Advice mobile application aimed at offering practical labour-related guidance and support to South African small businesses and other interested persons. The Labour Advice app is an extension ... Read More


Apple announces self-service repair policy

Apple allows self-service repairApple will begin making parts and tools available for customers to fix their own devices, a significant shift in long-standing policies. The US tech giant said the programme would be available first for the iPhone 12 and ... Read More

Policy Watch

Woan licensing timetable suspended

Icasa has temporarily suspended the wireless open access network licensing timetable published last month. A Policy Watch report notes that, announcing this on Friday, the authority noted the importance of attending first to various international mobile telecommunications spectrum licensing process ... Read More

More spectrum licensing documents gazetted

A second information memorandum on the licensing process for international mobile telecommunications has been released for comment. Gazetted last week with a reasons document, it deals with ‘coverage and quality obligations’ for various tiers of licensees, spectrum auction design, spectrum ... Read More

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