BYOD, data security and the BlackBerry Experience

I am moderating what will almost certainly be a fascinating discussion about BYOD, enterprise data security and device management at the BlackBerry Experience event at Montecasino in Fourways, Johannesburg today. The event is hosted by BlackBerry in partnership with ITWeb Events and will also take place in Durban and Cape Town later this month. The... Continue Reading →

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 certificate... Continue Reading →

4 tips for developers selling software

Say you’re a software developer and your customer wants to buy your app, do you know what you should be thinking about when selling software? Here are a few contract tips: Can you legally sell your app? Unless you have developed the code for the app from scratch and haven’t used any previous code of... Continue Reading →

POPI compliance and your plan to fail

Unfortunately many companies may have left their preparation too late, especially the larger companies, and have not yet established a complete set of practices and processes to ensure their compliance with POPI’s many requirements. Although companies will likely have a year before many of POPI’s compliance requirements go into effect, a year is simply not enough time to prepare adequately. Compliance isn’t just a matter of writing a privacy policy and publishing that. In order to comply with POPI, organisations have to ensure that all their underlying processes are aligned with POPI’s requirements. In this sense a privacy policy is really more of a description of a series of data protection practices which have been implemented throughout the organisation. If there is a disconnect between your organisation’s practices and processes and what the privacy policy describes, the consents you are hoping to obtain through the privacy policy will amount to little more than lip service to the legislative framework it serves.

The @Woolworths_SA hummingbird: a parable

One day, not too long ago, a young artist named Euodia was invited to contribute some of her work to a product range a local merchant called Woolworth was putting together. The two met frequently and Euodia was pretty excited about the prospect of her work being added to Woolworth’s inventory, he was well regarded in the area and all the local farmers saved for months to buy his goods.

Digital strategists’ glaring blindspot

Strategists have a glaring blindspot – they don't factor structured legal and compliance risks into their planning and modelling. I imagine there are many reasons for this which likely include strategists' ignorance of what these risks are and that they may even find the frameworks designed to address them intimidating or downright inscrutable.

The result, unfortunately, is that digital strategists tend to ignore legal and compliance issues in their analysis, leaving their organisations and clients exposed to potential risks they don't understand and perhaps don't even realise exist.

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