About Privacy Online

Privacy Online has been founded by Mark Heyink and Stephan Potgieter with the aim of providing a multi-disciplinary approach to addressing the protection of personal information in South Africa.

Mark is an attorney who has been at the forefront of the development of the Protection of Personal Information Act as well other electronic information related legislation and is also qualified and has extensive experience in the discipline of Information Security.

Stephan is a technologist who has qualified as a Certified Information Privacy Professional and holds a CIPP (US) and a CIPP (IT).

While well qualified to deal with most of the issues that will confront South African entities and individuals in addressing compliance with the Protection of Personal Information Act, other related legislation and good practices, Privacy Online will seek associations with trusted third parties who are able to provide expertise in disciplines and approaches that may be required to comply with relevant legislation. We will seek to provide clients with a choice of subject experts who may be engaged to address their requirements.

Resumés detailing the skills of Privacy Online professionals and trusted associates may be found at People and Associates

  • 08 August 2018 - 13:41:00
    On the 25th July 2018 as a result of announcements that were made by Facebook relating to its future revenues the market value of Facebook dropped by US$ 148 billion (or R1,95 trillion). This is almost half of South Africa’s total GDP in 2016.

    While there may be several reasons for the decline in Facebook’s revenue which led to the sell-off of shares, one of the three primary factors for the decrease in projected profitability of Facebook is the focus on privacy and security

  • 08 August 2018 - 13:36:00
    As I wrote in a previous article, South Africa according to the PWC Global economic crime and fraud survey of 2018 suffers the second highest number of cybercrimes of all the countries in the world. While I have no statistics to support this I would suggest that internet banking fraud must rank as one of the primary attack vectors for cybercriminals.

    The Ombudsman for Banking Services of South Africa (Ombud) reported that for the first time in 2017 internet banking fraud was the category of crime that was most prevalent of the disputes that the Ombud has been requested to deal with. No less than 1377 internet banking complaints were closed by the Ombud in 2017. It is clear that significantly more citizens are victims of internet banking fraud as not all of the matters have been referred to the Ombud.