No, you can’t unilaterally opt out of Facebook’s terms and keep using it

Facebook has updated its terms of service and data use policy recently and the changes have upset many people. I’ve started seeing more declarations of users’ intention to opt-out of provisions of Facebook’s terms and conditions. These sorts of declarations seem to be legally binding with their fairly legalistic language but they don’t work exceptContinue reading “No, you can’t unilaterally opt out of Facebook’s terms and keep using it”

Rewritten WASPA Code better regulates mobile services in SA

The new WASPA Code of Conduct is a complete rewrite of the Wireless Applications Service Providers’ Association’s rules which regulate the mobile content and services industry in South Africa. One of the biggest changes to the Code is a consolidation of the old Advertising Rules and the Code of Conduct itself along with a dramaticallyContinue reading “Rewritten WASPA Code better regulates mobile services in SA”

Your future digital government

I had to apply for unabridged birth certificates for our children the other day so I sat down in front of my laptop, browsed to the Department of Home Affairs’ website and logged into the secure Civic Services portal to start the process. I used my new ID card with its embedded personal digital certificateContinue reading “Your future digital government”

4 suggestions for preserving your digital assets for your heirs after you die

What will happen to your online profiles and data when you die? Before you answer that your digital stuff isn’t all that important so who cares, consider what you are using the digital cloud for: Email that increasingly includes bank statements, insurance policy information and functions as a backup for when you forget your passwordContinue reading “4 suggestions for preserving your digital assets for your heirs after you die”

Facebook Messenger is not the privacy threat you should be concerned about

Many people are focused on the permissions they give Facebook when they install Facebook Messenger and are concerned that they are giving Facebook excessive access to their devices. This isn’t necessarily the case and this growing panic may be more a function of how Android permissions have to be obtained than a real privacy threatContinue reading “Facebook Messenger is not the privacy threat you should be concerned about”

Lawyers are an endangered profession

I don’t believe the legal profession will continue to exist as it is today for much longer. The profession has changed over the decades and centuries as technology has changed, especially in the last decade, but what I can see happening is something far more radical. As cognitive systems like IBM’s Watson start to haveContinue reading “Lawyers are an endangered profession”

How you could sell a car in 2034 without a hefty contract

This article was originally published on LinkedIn as “How I sold my car in 2034“. Prologue Contracts are increasingly complex and difficult to navigate, even with recent efforts to simplify the language we use. Much of this is the result of efforts to express complex and interrelated legal and compliance concepts in words and sinceContinue reading “How you could sell a car in 2034 without a hefty contract”

A transparent approach to privacy policies

Richard Beaumont’s article “Transparency Should Be the New Privacy” echoes a point I’ve also been making recently: data protection or privacy is mostly about transparency and trust. Sure, compliance is essential but from a data subject or consumer’s perspective, how transparent you are about how your process the data subject’s personal information and whether yourContinue reading “A transparent approach to privacy policies”