The importance of ethics

This weekend’s scandal involving the Australian cricket team and their attempt to cheat against South Africa has made world news. Even CNN had a ticker running in the subject and Americans don’t even watch cricket. For those that haven’t been paying any attention to the news – on Saturday, as the third Test match in…

POPIA and the data lifecycle

Are you ready to manage your own data breach?

“breach” An act of breaking or failing to observe a law, agreement, or code of conduct. A break in relations. A gap in a wall, barrier, or defence, especially one made by an attacking army\ Oxford English Dictionary Last week’s revelation that the personal information of over 30 million South African has been compromised. The exposure…

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How is #bigdata impacting the world we live in?

I think it is fair to say that we are seeing a world in flux. In particular, Britain’s exist from the European Union (or Brexit) signals a shift in the world order that most of us have known since the 1970’s. The Brexit happened in spite of polls showing that Britain would remain in the…

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SASSA controversy and “creepy” data

Many South Africans will be familiar with the recent controversy over the renewal of the Net1 contract to pay social grants. I prefer not to engage with the merits of the Net1 decision – ultimately the I do not have access to the facts. The realities of whether an alternative could have, or should have, been…