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Does GDPR Apply to You?

Something I get asked pretty regularly is whether GDPR applies to someone’s business in South Africa. With that in mind, I’ve put together a quick flowchart to help in identifying this.

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Cape Town Data Protection Brunch – 4 July

As most of my readers will know, I specialise in Data Protection for small companies, predominantly in the IT, SaaS, and software development space. I host keynote talks on the topic to both corporates and the public, as well as providing executive and staff...

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New E-Mail Delivery Assurance Service!

Back in March I wrote an article on e-mail delivery, and how adding SPF, DKIM and DMARC to your domain can help stop fraud and decrease your spam score. This is a relatively complicated setup, and I've been asked by a number of folks to configure this for them. As...

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Data Protection as a Loyalty Advantage

Data Protection compliance really is, in many cases, seen as a grudge purchase much like an insurance policy. You get compliant in order to adhere to regulation and perhaps put something on your website that says "we comply"; perhaps a nice little badge next to your...

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Durban Data Protection Brunch – 18 June

As most of my readers will know, I specialise in Data Protection for small companies, predominantly in the IT, SaaS, and software development space. I host keynote talks on the topic to both corporates and the public, as well as providing executive and staff...

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A New Service – 1-Hour ExEd (Executive Education)

The trouble with data protection laws is that it is difficult to keep up, and many companies are not sure whether they need to comply to them. Training your executive team helps the entire organisation in navigating these laws. A common misconception is that because...

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Backups for Small Business: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Much like brushing your teeth twice a day, we all know we should do backups but sometimes we let it slip or we do a rush job that's really insufficient. In today's article I want to discuss some pertinent points around backups and some of the misconceptions that exist...

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The Importance of SOP’s in Data Privacy for Small Companies

Standard Operating Procedures are things that a lot of younger companies and startups do not necessarily have. These are documents that clearly define a process, who is responsible for steps in the process, and where data and systems lie in the business landscape....

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3 Questions to ask your Insurer as a SaaS Provider

In last week's post, I discussed Tech PI insurance as opposed to Cyber Insurance for a Software as a Service (SaaS) provider. This week, I want to discuss three important questions you need to ask your insurer when applying for Tech PI (or cyber for those non-SaaS...

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Avoiding Cyber Insurance Challenges in Software as a Service

In Software as a Service (SaaS) environments, a major challenge regarding any data protection and compliance exercise is that you as the provider would not necessarily have any control as to what your customers place in the databases and systems you provide, and often there would be protection in place contractually that you are not going to be looking at their data either, except in the case of a support call or similar.

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