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Business’s growing reliance on technology is driving an exponential growth in cybercrime – but companies in both the public and private sectors are not taking the threat seriously enough, says David Loxton, a partner at law firm Dentons SA in Johannesburg, specialising in corporate investigations and compliance. ‘Technology drives the world, which means business and government need to invest not only in systems but also in the capabilities to keep those systems safe from increasingly sophisticated and well-funded criminal syndicates,’ Loxton says.
A cloud-based court filing system could replace the ‘costly‚ cumbersome’ current practice, according to Litigator MD Bruce Henderson‚ who said ‘court rules have been amended to permit electronic service of litigation documents and that attorneys must embrace digital systems’. According to a TimesLIVE report, Henderson also noted that‚ ‘in 2014‚ Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng called for the introduction of an electronic court filing system‚ to increase efficiencies‚ reduce costs and mitigate against the lost and stolen court documents’. An obstacle to this‚ he said‚ was ‘concerns as to the manner in which the service of documents is verified’.
SA’s chronically delayed digital migration project is in legal limbo again after Communications Minister Faith Muthambi applied this week for leave to appeal against a judgment setting aside her policy on the matter. The Mercury reports this means the project to convert terrestrial television broadcasting in the country from an analogue signal to a digital one is likely to take even longer. Muthambi’s decision to prevent the government decoders – which are to be provided free to 5m poor households – from being able to receive an encrypted signal was set aside in the SCA last month, following an application by e.tv.
Communications Minister Faith Muthambi was dealt a serious legal setback this week â€“ the second inside a year â€“ when the SCA ruled her decision not to encrypt state-supplied set top boxes (STBs) was irrational and should be set aside, notes Legalbrief. Her decision-making was also found to be â€˜unlawful and irrationalâ€™ by Western Cape High Court Judge Denis Davis in a ruling last year on her appointment of SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng.