oa De Rebus - If it is not original it is inadmissible - the uncertainty of 'data messages' in court proceedings : feature - cyber law

Volume 2016, Issue 563
  • ISSN : 0250-0329



With the advent of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 25 of 2002, (the ECTA) and the subsequent repeal of the Computer Evidence Act 57 of 1983the answer to the admission of 'data messages' whether as 'documents' 'real' 'private' or 'public' is now simple. The original unaltered version of the copy of the fax, e-mail or short message service (SMS) must be available for scrutiny by the court on the relevant instrument.

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