Policy & legislation

UN high commissioner calls for ban on harmful AI tools
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artificial intelligence (AI)

UN high commissioner calls for ban on harmful AI tools

Comments follow UN report detailing potential human rights abuses associated with use of AI
17 Sep 2021
Owner of DDoS for hire sites found guilty of hacking offences
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distributed denial of service (DDOS)

Owner of DDoS for hire sites found guilty of hacking offences

Matthew Gatrel faces 35 years in prison when he is sentenced in January 2022
17 Sep 2021
Adoption of Bitcoin as legal currency sparks protests in El Salvador
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cryptocurrencies

Adoption of Bitcoin as legal currency sparks protests in El Salvador

Protestors claim the currency could destabilise the economy and is being used to distract from wider issues
16 Sep 2021
FTC tells health apps to notify users of data breaches
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data protection

FTC tells health apps to notify users of data breaches

Companies selling connected devices must also comply with the Health Breach Notification Rule
16 Sep 2021
DoJ fines former intel operatives who provided hacker-for-hire services to UAE
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hacking

DoJ fines former intel operatives who provided hacker-for-hire services to UAE

A deal will see the charges suspended and the three defendants pay more than $1.6 million in penalties
15 Sep 2021
IBM signs CaixaBank in cloud services deal
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cloud computing

IBM signs CaixaBank in cloud services deal

The Spanish banking giant will use IBM Cloud for Financial Services to run key software applications
15 Sep 2021
South Korea fines Google for abusing Android dominance
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Policy & legislation

South Korea fines Google for abusing Android dominance

The ruling means manufacturers in the country will now be able to use modified versions of Google's OS on their devices
14 Sep 2021
Salesforce offers to relocate employees out of Texas
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Policy & legislation

Salesforce offers to relocate employees out of Texas

The company told staff it will help them and their families leave the state if they are concerned about the ability to access reproductive care
13 Sep 2021
Google handed user data to Hong Kong authorities despite pledge
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privacy

Google handed user data to Hong Kong authorities despite pledge

The tech giant last year said it would suspend the processing of user data requests from the Hong Kong government after a law that criminalised protes…
13 Sep 2021
Irish data regulator fails to resolve 98% of big tech GDPR cases
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Irish data regulator fails to resolve 98% of big tech GDPR cases

Campaigners accuse the Irish DPC of being the ‘bottleneck’ for GDPR enforcement with 160 unresolved complaints
13 Sep 2021
Senators accuse Amazon of mistreating pregnant workers
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Policy & legislation

Senators accuse Amazon of mistreating pregnant workers

Lawmakers call for an investigation into e-commerce giant's practices at fulfillment centers
10 Sep 2021
Commerce Department creates an artificial intelligence committee
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Policy & legislation

Commerce Department creates an artificial intelligence committee

Committee fulfills commitments laid out under January defense bill
9 Sep 2021
Gaming ban would stifle interest in STEM, warns BCS
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Policy & legislation

Gaming ban would stifle interest in STEM, warns BCS

The warning comes after China banned online gamers under 18 from playing on weekdays
9 Sep 2021
UK street lamps and bus shelters to boost 5G rollout in £4 million trial
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5G

UK street lamps and bus shelters to boost 5G rollout in £4 million trial

The government is looking to create digital asset management platforms to allow councils to easily share infrastructure data with network operators
9 Sep 2021
Ofcom launches review of UK's net neutrality rules post-Brexit
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Policy & legislation

Ofcom launches review of UK's net neutrality rules post-Brexit

BT has said the time is right for the regulator to be reviewing the framework introduced in 2015
8 Sep 2021
What is your digital footprint?
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Business strategy

What is your digital footprint?

Your digital footprint is always growing – so we explore how you can keep it under control
7 Sep 2021
ProtonMail criticised for sharing activist's IP address with law enforcement
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privacy

ProtonMail criticised for sharing activist's IP address with law enforcement

The company prides itself on benefitting from Switzerland's strict privacy laws, yet had to follow the “legally binding order"
7 Sep 2021
ICO under fire over plans to urge G7 to tackle cookie pop-ups
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Information Commissioner

ICO under fire over plans to urge G7 to tackle cookie pop-ups

The Open Rights Group says the data regulator should "follow its own conclusions and enforce the law"
7 Sep 2021
Texas city aims to attract Samsung chip plant with property tax breaks
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Policy & legislation

Texas city aims to attract Samsung chip plant with property tax breaks

The city of Taylor is competing with Austin, Arizona, and New York to try and convince Samsung to establish its factory in its territory
6 Sep 2021
What is the Computer Misuse Act?
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Policy & legislation

What is the Computer Misuse Act?

If your computer systems are attacked, is the law effective enough to put those criminals behind bars?
3 Sep 2021
Eight US investment firms fined over inadequate cyber security policies
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data breaches

Eight US investment firms fined over inadequate cyber security policies

Failures in the companies’ cyber security practices resulted in the leak of thousands of customer and client records
3 Sep 2021
The IT Pro Podcast: How umbrella companies exploit IT contractors
The IT Pro Podcast: How umbrella companies exploit IT contractors
IT regulation

The IT Pro Podcast: How umbrella companies exploit IT contractors

Is tighter regulation needed to stop workers from being cheated out of earnings?
3 Sep 2021
Podcast transcript: How umbrella companies exploit IT contractors
Podcast transcript: How umbrella companies exploit IT contractors
IT regulation

Podcast transcript: How umbrella companies exploit IT contractors

Read the full transcript for this episode of the IT Pro Podcast
3 Sep 2021