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Era Gunning

Era Gunning



  • banking and finance
  • technology, media and telecommunications
  • data and information privacy and protection

WSG Practice Industries


South Africa



  • BCom (with honours) (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • LLB (cum laude) (University of South Africa)
  • LLM Banking Law (with merit) (University of London)
  • Graduate diploma in legal practice (with merit) (Australian National University)
  • Admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa
  • Admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia
Areas of Practice

banking and finance | data and information privacy and protection | technology, media and telecommunications | data privacy and protection

Professional Career

Professional Activities and Experience

Era is an ad hoc lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand for postgraduate students, and has also authored the data protection chapter in Juta’s Company Secretarial Practice.
Era was awarded the New South Wales Law Society Prize for Ethics and Accounting in 2010.


    SMEs Also Need to Comply with POPIA
    ENSafrica, May 2021

    The Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (“POPIA”), South Africa’s privacy or data protection legislation, applies to the processing (which includes collection, use, receipt and destruction) of personal information, such as names and contact details, of individuals and juristic persons, in South Africa...

    The Rise of POPIA Litigation: Disclosure of Personal Information in Court Proceedings
    ENSafrica, April 2021

    In the recent judgment of Divine Inspiration Trading 205 (Pty) Limited and another v Katherine Gordon and 2 others, the Western Cape High Court found, in essence, that the rules of court override the interests protected under the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (“POPIA”) and ordered that personal information be disclosed. In this matter, the applicants sought an order for the disclosure of Ms Gordon’s medical records from her medical practitioners...

    POPIA and the Prior Authorisation Conundrum
    ENSafrica, March 2021

    On 11 March 2021, the Information Regulator published an invitation to apply for prior authorisation, together with a Guidance Note, on the application for prior authorisation and the form to be used by responsible parties in obtaining such prior authorisation. The invitation to apply for prior authorisation encourages responsible parties to submit their applications as soon as possible...

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