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Tracking, tracing and transparency

Governments are processing tons of personal information to limit the spread of Covid-19. They must ensure this does not cost us our privacy

Censorship, surveillance could be the biggest rights challenges post Covid-19

The impacts of these infringements could last well beyond the life of the Covid-19 pandemic

The ethics of Covid-19 status disclosure: To tell or not to tell?

The trick is to find the balance between people’s right to privacy and the need for contact tracing to limit the spread of the disease

‘In Kenya, you cannot go anywhere without an ID. I don’t have one’

Double-registration has effectively rendered stateless tens of thousands of Kenyan citizens who are ethnically Somali

New digital regulations mean the state can track you — no questions asked

The provisions have been introduced to contain the spread of Covid-19, but some may infringe on certain constitutional rights

South Africa must implement privacy laws to protect citizens, says UN expert

The UN says South Africa lags behind the rest of the world when it comes to implementing measures to keep private information safe from governments and corporations

Apple wants US privacy law

The chief executive says internet users are under surveillance and companies use data as a weapon

Don’t be glib about privacy rights

Eusebius McKaiser writes about the right to privacy for public figures but also discusses the 'grey areas' when it comes to public interest

Spy in the sky: Whose drone is it anyway?

Who was behind the drone filming a protest march: a private cameraman, an award-aiming film-maker, the media, or intelligence gathering machinery?

The flaw in factory resets

A new service allows users to sell old phones and tablets, but deleting information before selling a device does not wipe your slate clean.

WikiLeaks: Google ‘violated’ privacy by disclosing data

The whistle-blowing site has accused Google of handing information to the US authorities without notifying it until almost three years later.

Big Brother erodes our right to privacy

South Africans seem oblivious to the fact that one of their fundamental freedoms is under threat.

UK says spying program that may or may not exist is legal

The British government is being sued for monitoring activities exposed by Edward Snowden, but it maintains that it operates within the law.

Net privacy not just about ?’forgetting’

Do requests to delete data lead to an 'internet with borders'? Ombud Franz Krüger explores.

France’s Hollande threatens to sue over affair report

French President François Hollande has threatened to sue a celebrity magazine after it alleged he was having an affair with an actress.

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Brigadier Sifiso Cele denies the rape allegations, saying that they are part of a smear campaign and that criminal charges should have been opened if the accusations were true

‘Lost’ PPE: Morar a ‘player and ref’

Roshan Morar, the auditor who supplied the KZN education department with sanitisers has also been tasked with investigating the “disappearance” of millions of rands worth of PPE

Signing a path to freedom for the deaf

If South African Sign Language is recognised as one of the country’s official languages, it will considerably ease many of the deaf community’s problems of access, education and equality.

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The financial decisions made during your life journey, and their impact on your retirement outcome

The longer you save towards retirement the larger your retirement savings are expected to be due to the effect of compounding interest

In conversation with SA Reserve Bank Governer, Lesetja Kganyago

'Make interest rates zero and inflation goes up and then people save less – we need savings to fund investment in this country'

Secure your business from cyber threats

Many business-grade security systems now have built-in learning systems and AI to help businesses stay up to date with protection

Mental Health

During the pandemic there's been a dramatic increase in depression, anxiety and suicides, according to some of the surveys done

Expert financial advice still recommended – especially in uncertain times

A financial advisor is an expert who will help you to protect your wealth and make a realistic plan when unexpected events threaten your wellbeing

What is a virtual card, and how does it work?

A virtual card lets you pay online without ever having to take your card from your wallet or exposing your actual account information

Expert grant writer vacancy

The role of the grant writer is to work collaboratively with the HST bid team to conceptualise and write proposals for upcoming grant calls

Investment outlook beyond Covid-19

Opportunities for local business growth needed to be identified and strategically capitalised on, and we have to be really deliberate about that

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