We recently helped an amazing Virtual Reality startup protect itself against the legal risks associated with Beta Testing its product. In this blog post, I share some things you should consider before conducting a Beta Testing Assessment of your product (app/platform).
What is Beta Testing?
Beta Testing is an Acceptance Testing method in software development which adds value to the product as intended real-world end-users validate the product for functionality, usability, r
Information Officers are required under South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act of 2013 (“POPIA”) and Promotion of Access to Information Act of 2000, whilst Data Protection Officers are required under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”). Are Information Officers and Data Protection Officers the same thing? No, they are not but they serve very similar functions - helping the organisation process data lawfully. They are differentiated
According to the press release from the European Commission, personal data is “any information relating to an individual whether it relates to his or her private, professional or public life. It can be anything from a name, a home address, a photo, an email address, bank details, posts on social networking websites, medical information, or a computer’s IP address.” Thus the GDPR introduces a broader definition of personal data with additional categories of identifying informa
Whilst the business impact of the GDPR will depend on the location of an entity, it’s processing activities and prior compliance framework, the preliminary business impacts of the GDPR include: ¬ Dealing with an expanded definition of personal data to incorporate information such as location data and other identifiable information associated with emerging digital technologies; ¬ Extra-territorial application: The GDPR applies to the processing of EU citizen data irrespective
The General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 679/2016 (GDPR) will be, as of 25 May 2018, the main data protection legal framework in European Union (EU). The GDPR overrides the EU’s Data Protection Directive that came into force in 1995. Being a regulation (and not a Directive), the GDPR harmonises data protection in the European Union as a binding legal reference applicable across all 28 Member States. It is important to note that whilst the GDPR is a binding regulation on a
The Information Regulator has been established under Section 39 of POPIA and has jurisdiction throughout the country. It is independent and is subject only to the Constitution and to the law and must be impartial and perform its functions and exercise its powers without fear, favour or prejudice. Its powers and duties are stipulated in Section 40 and include: monitoring AND enforcing compliance by public and private bodies with the provisions of the Promotion of Access to Inf
Data protection in South Africa is governed primarily by the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013, enacted in November, 2013. The aims of the Act include promoting the protection of personal information processed by public and private bodies, introducing certain standards to establish minimum requirements for the processing of personal information, providing for the establishment of an Information Regulator and regulating the cross-border flow of personal informat
Entrepreneurs starting to think about setting up their company operations may have pondered over the implications of the new information privacy law known as PoPIA on their start-ups. Although you may be forgiven for thinking so, PoPIA is not the evil Secrecy Act that has caused a recent media uproar; it's actually South Africa's new superhero. It's here to defend and protect citizens' personal information against abuse. So how do you make sure that you don't find yourself on
Yes, Botswana has a data privacy law. Data privacy if protected in Section 9 of the Botswana Constitution. Moreover, the Data Protection Act, 2018 (“DPA”) 2018 was passed with the main purpose of regulate the protection of personal data and to protect the right of privacy of individuals. The DPA sets out various bases and principles for the lawful processing of personal information, establishes a Data Protection Commissioner, which is responsible for enforcing the DPA, create