Lucien Pierce

Lucien Pierce

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Managing partner of Phukubje Pierce Masithela Attorneys, a boutique commercial law firm focusing on commercial, regulatory and compliance aspects of ICT and information security and data protection.

South Africa's data protection law has real-life consequences

South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) is there to protect us because the misuse of personal information has real-life consequences. Take it seriously.

Analysis of the historic privacy and surveillance judgement in South Africa

The Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication Related Information Act (“RICA”), which the South African state had used to spy on journalists and possibly their lawyers and to conduct mass surveillance of its citizens, was suspended by the High Court of South Africa.

What you tweet can cost you

South Africa's 3rd largest political party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, lost a defamation matter against the country's former Minister of Finance – Trevor Manuel. The case was about one of their tweets about him.

Why GDPR probably doesn’t apply to the Liberty data breach

Liberty Group (“Liberty”) released a communication on 18 June 2018, advising that “it has been subjected to illegal and unauthorised access to its IT infrastructure”. The data that was the subject of the breach seemed to be “largely emails and possibly attachments.” GDPR background About 3 weeks before that, on

South Africa's Wild, Wild West Of Personal Information Desperately Needs A Sheriff

The massive personal data breach last week, attributed to estate agency – Aida – is confirmation that South Africa is in desperate need for the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) to be fully implemented. For those of you who don’t know, only a few sections of POPIA have been signed