Randi Zuckerberg and contextual privacy

One of the biggest ironies of the 2012 holiday season was Randi Zuckerberg’s family photo being tweeted by her sister’s Facebook friend, Callie Schweitzer, and the resulting privacy debate. If you missed it, Buzzfeed has a pretty detailed account of what happened which includes the photo that was tweeted and the initial exchange between ZuckerbergContinue reading “Randi Zuckerberg and contextual privacy”

What Facebook’s new privacy controls mean for users

Facebook recently announced changes to some of its privacy controls which are, on the whole, positive changes. For the most part, these changes are focused on giving users more information about how and where their as well as giving them more control over how their personal information is shared on Facebook. The announcement on theContinue reading “What Facebook’s new privacy controls mean for users”

Changing privacy norms

In many respects, privacy and the social Web or antithetical notions. The social web, is by definition, requires degrees of publicity while conventional notions about privacy encourage secrecy. One of the fundamental shifts in privacy, as a concept, is what it has come to mean on the social Web. Many people, when they think aboutContinue reading “Changing privacy norms”

An introduction to the Protection of Personal Information Act

The Protection of Personal Information Bill is currently making its way through Parliament and is expected to be passed into law before the end of 2012. At that point it will become the Protection of Personal Information Act. This post is a brief introduction to POPI and part of an ebook about this law PaulContinue reading “An introduction to the Protection of Personal Information Act”

First National Bank and its marketing consent problem

Innovative bank, FNB, has a consent problem. Jason Elk published a blog post over the weekend titled “FNB, what on earth are you doing to your customers?” in which he took issue with a consent mechanism FNB has been making use of or some time now. Essentially, this consent mechanism requires that customers agree toContinue reading “First National Bank and its marketing consent problem”

Information about our contribution to the Mobile Show Africa 2012 on 11 September 2012

Paul is going to present at the Mobile Show Africa 2012 on 11 September 2012 at the Sandton Convention Centre. It is a thorny subject and the direct marketing industry is in a state of flux at the moment as we wait for the Protection of Personal Information Bill to proceed through Parliament and balanceContinue reading “Information about our contribution to the Mobile Show Africa 2012 on 11 September 2012”

Facebook may use your image in its ads, if you let it

Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities is Facebook’s terms of use and it governs a number of aspects of your Facebook use. Clause 10 has a set of clauses which privacy conscious users should be aware of and consider carefully: About Advertisements and Other Commercial Content Served or Enhanced by Facebook Our goal is toContinue reading “Facebook may use your image in its ads, if you let it”

Privacy, reputation and vacation ownership

I was asked to present at the 2012 VOASA Conference in Durban and I thought I would share my presentation slides and a few other relevant links and materials with you, my readers and clients, as well as the conference delegates in this post. The two other lawyers presenting at the event were asked toContinue reading “Privacy, reputation and vacation ownership”

Extracts from a discussion about privacy and the Protection of Personal Information Bill

This is a partial recording from Marketing Mix‘s Permission Based Marketing Conference in Cape Town on 2012-06-01 where I was a panelist speaking about privacy and the Protection of Personal Information Bill. I recorded part of my contribution to the discussion and this recording covers the nature of privacy from the perspective of the BillContinue reading “Extracts from a discussion about privacy and the Protection of Personal Information Bill”

Privacy in a nutshell, a guide

Update (2012-06-11): I recently spoke at the Permission Based Marketing Conference in Cape Town and captured this overview I gave of privacy law as well as a few thoughts about the definition of “consent” in the 7th draft of the Protection of Personal Information Bill. I thought the privacy law overview would complement this guideContinue reading “Privacy in a nutshell, a guide”