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Your Disaster Recovery Plans May Conflict with Data Protection Law

There are a number of obligations and principles in data protection law that, on the surface, appear to be very easy to comply with. However, when it comes to Disaster Recovery (DR) plans, you may inadvertently be in a risky position in terms of compliance with data protection regulation.
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What exactly is Personal Information?

Most data protection laws like POPIA or GDPR refer to personal information or personal data as what needs to be protected. But what classifies as personal information according to the laws? I've put together a flow-chart to help you decide whether you have personal...

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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

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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Durban Data Protection Brunch – 18 June

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

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

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

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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