Policy & legislation

Gov's £20m Turing fellowship to boost UK AI research
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artificial intelligence (AI)

Gov's £20m Turing fellowship to boost UK AI research

The Turing AI Acceleration Fellowships will benefit 15 of the UK’s top AI innovators
27 Nov 2020
UK’s Digital Markets Unit to battle 'anti-competitive' big tech
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Policy & legislation

UK’s Digital Markets Unit to battle 'anti-competitive' big tech

The Competition and Markets Authority subdivision will have the power to fine companies for violating the terms of a newly established code of conduct
27 Nov 2020
Majority of Americans now want a national data protection law, report claims
data protection

Majority of Americans now want a national data protection law, report claims

73% of Americans would also pay to ensure their data isn’t sold to third parties
25 Nov 2020
Brexit could cost UK firms £1.6bn if data-sharing agreement isn’t reached
Brexit
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Brexit could cost UK firms £1.6bn if data-sharing agreement isn’t reached

Organisations will be forced to channel money into compliance activities or required goods and services after 31 December
25 Nov 2020
Leadership compass: Privileged Access Management
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Leadership compass: Privileged Access Management

Securing privileged accounts in a high-risk environment
24 Nov 2020
Google to test end-to-end encryption following global RCS rollout
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Security

Google to test end-to-end encryption following global RCS rollout

Only 1:1 messages will be automatically protected as part of the trial
20 Nov 2020
Microsoft promises to challenge all government requests for customer data
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data protection

Microsoft promises to challenge all government requests for customer data

Stance taken following EU advice to firms on complying with a ruling invalidating the EU-US data transfer mechanism
20 Nov 2020
Apple and Facebook exchange blows over data tracking
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privacy

Apple and Facebook exchange blows over data tracking

The Mac manufacturer has lashed out after being criticised for delaying sought after privacy features iOS 14
20 Nov 2020
UK gov finally unveils its new National Cyber Force
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cyber security

UK gov finally unveils its new National Cyber Force

The NCF will combine the expertise of GCHQ, MoD, MI6, and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
20 Nov 2020
UK to review London listing rules to attract tech firms post-Brexit
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Policy & legislation

UK to review London listing rules to attract tech firms post-Brexit

Review may consider a reduction to the 25% available shares requirement for listing on the London Stock Exchange
19 Nov 2020
Mozilla opens public consultation for controversial DNS over HTTPs launch
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Domain Name System (DNS)

Mozilla opens public consultation for controversial DNS over HTTPs launch

Decision likely taken after recent backlash from ISPs and the UK government
19 Nov 2020
Trump's election defeat isn't going to get Huawei back in the UK
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Security

Trump's election defeat isn't going to get Huawei back in the UK

The UK's decision to drop the Chinese firm from 5G networks was largely based on its competence
17 Nov 2020
Qualcomm gets permission to sell 4G chips to Huawei
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Policy & legislation

Qualcomm gets permission to sell 4G chips to Huawei

American semiconductor companies had been banned from selling their products to the Chinese firm
16 Nov 2020
Apple hit with privacy complaints over iPhone tracking tool
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privacy

Apple hit with privacy complaints over iPhone tracking tool

Apple's Identifier for Advertisers activates without consent and violates the EU's Cookie Law, say privacy campaigners
16 Nov 2020
Ticketmaster fined £1.25 million for 2018 data breach
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Ticketmaster fined £1.25 million for 2018 data breach

The incident affected 9.4 million customers and led to at least 60,000 instances of fraud
13 Nov 2020
The IT Pro Podcast: What does Joe Biden have in store for tech?
Policy & legislation

The IT Pro Podcast: What does Joe Biden have in store for tech?

The president-elect faces a tough term ahead of him, and tech policy is sure to be on the agenda
13 Nov 2020
DWP exposed 6,000 people’s data online for two years
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data breaches

DWP exposed 6,000 people’s data online for two years

The National Insurance numbers of thousands of individuals applying for disability benefit were left online
11 Nov 2020
EU charges Amazon over misuse of third-party data
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data protection

EU charges Amazon over misuse of third-party data

The EC claims Amazon broke competition rules by using data gathered on third-party sellers to compete against them
10 Nov 2020
EU inches closer to ban on end-to-end encryption
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Security

EU inches closer to ban on end-to-end encryption

Leaked document suggests EU wants "balance" between robust security and ease of access for law enforcement
9 Nov 2020
Alan Turing's stolen possessions will be returned to the UK
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Policy & legislation

Alan Turing's stolen possessions will be returned to the UK

The 17 items being returned from the US were stolen from the independent Sherborne School in Dorset in 1984
9 Nov 2020
Hytera unveils ultra-thin, smart body camera for law enforcement
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Policy & legislation

Hytera unveils ultra-thin, smart body camera for law enforcement

New body camera allows for live uploading via cellular networks
6 Nov 2020
Health department blasted for 'track record of failed NHS digital projects'
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digital transformation

Health department blasted for 'track record of failed NHS digital projects'

DHSC criticised for failed attempts to meet a 2018 target for a paperless NHS
6 Nov 2020
Biden win 'would be good for global tech'
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Policy & legislation

Biden win 'would be good for global tech'

Tech lobby group hopeful of greater international collaboration under a Biden administration
5 Nov 2020