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18 January 2021 Cyberlaw & Technology Watch


Big tech dumps Trump

As Donald Trump bucks the cherished chain of peaceful transfers of power and the US hurtles towards a domestic insurgency, private Internet companies have swiftly moved to contain the damage. Legalbrief reports that hours after a vicious mob assault on ... Read More


WhatsApp data policy sparks an outcry

The government has lodged a complaint with competition authorities against WhatsApp over a plan by Facebook’s messaging platform to block it from talking directly to citizens. The move puts the spotlight on the Silicon Valley giant amid sharper scrutiny of ... Read More

Chatbot offers legal advice

Your contact with the law starts at birth, says Grace Chichanga, who is the creator of Luma, a legal advice chatbot that helps ordinary people access information about their rights and the law when they most need it. ‘It’s important ... Read More

Spectrum auction to proceed, despite Telkom case

Icasa says it plans to move forward the upcoming radio frequency spectrum auction as Telkom withdraws a part of its court application to halt the process. A Business Day report notes Telkom lodged a case with the High Court in ... Read More


Will WhatsApp update scare off users?

WhatsApp has shocked its users with new terms and conditions that will see its parent company, Facebook, collect more usage data from its base of 2bn accounts, prompting people to consider alternative platforms. Business Day reports that consumers around the ... Read More

Privacy concerns of babies' biometrics plan

Experts believe plans to photograph and fingerprint every baby born for a digital register could lead to data leaks and identity theft without robust safeguards, says a News24 report. The Department of Home Affairs' new draft policy aims to capture ... Read More


Pearce sanctioned

* Mitchell Pearce is set to be stripped of the Newcastle Knights captaincy and will have to explain himself to his teammates after his 'flirty' texts to a club staffer were revealed. Pearce was due to marry his Kristin Scott on ... Read More

Striker in hot water

* Manchester United forward Edinson Cavani has been banned for three matches and fined £100 000 for using a racial term in a social media post, the Football Association has confirmed. The 33-year-old summer signing produced a match-winning display at Southampton ... Read More

Hacking attack flagged

* Microsoft says the UK and six other countries outside the US have been affected by a suspected Russian hacking attack that US authorities have warned poses a grave risk to government and private networks. Brad Smith, Microsoft’s chief legal counsel ... Read More


WOMan Radio launched

WOMan Radio launched   Legendary singer and actress Yvonne Chaka Chaka has expanded her horizons with the establishment of a women-led online radio station called WOMan Radio. The multi-award-winning singer, humanitarian and businesswoman aims to empower women in the media ... Read More

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