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In a victory for consumers, telecommunications regulator Icasa says service providers MTN‚ Vodacom and Cell C must provide an option to roll over unused data‚ finally ending the frustration of customers losing unused data after 30 days. A TimesLIVE report says Icasa made the announcement when releasing its review of the 2016 End User and Subscriber Charter Regulations.
The Information Regulator has asked Facebook to contact all South Africans affected by the social network’s data breach, and to state what steps it is taking to ensure users’ data remains safe, says a Business Day report. Facebook said last week that 59 777 Facebook users in SA were ‘potentially impacted’ by the data breach via their friendships with 33 users of a personality quiz app.
One of SA’s top real estate companies that has admitted being the unwitting source of the largest known personal data breach to date in the country claims to have ascertained that the dump of personal information – estimated at 31.6m records – includes the estimated income‚ addresses and cellphone numbers of the likes of President Jacob Zuma‚ Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba and Police Minister Fikile Mbalula.
In what is being labelled SA's biggest data breach, the personal and sensitive information of an estimated 30m South Africans has been exposed, a leading security developer has discovered. BusinessLIVE says that Tory Hunt, a Microsoft regional director, reported that he had uncovered 'a very large breach' titled 'masterdeeds'.
The Western Cape High Court has ruled in favour of Telkom in a case relating to the unlawful accessing of its infrastructure. An ITWeb report says Telkom brought an urgent application before the court following ‘Vodacom's unlawful use of its infrastructure in the Dennegeur residential estate’.
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.