Policy & legislation

EU agrees on data sharing legislation to accelerate industry-wide innovation
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data governance

EU agrees on data sharing legislation to accelerate industry-wide innovation

The Data Governance Act aims to make it easier for personal data to be shared across the public and private sectors in areas such as research, innovat…
1 Dec 2021
CMA orders Facebook to sell Giphy
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mergers and acquisitions

CMA orders Facebook to sell Giphy

The decision concludes a ten-month long investigation into the acquisition
1 Dec 2021
UK and Singapore align closer on digital trade
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Policy & legislation

UK and Singapore align closer on digital trade

Three agreements have been signed which focus on facilitating digital trade, cyber security, and digital identities between the two nations
1 Dec 2021
Clearview AI faces £17 million fine for violating UK data protection laws
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Information Commissioner

Clearview AI faces £17 million fine for violating UK data protection laws

The ICO has voiced "significant concerns" that the company has processed UK personal data without people's knowledge
30 Nov 2021
Industry "delighted" with UK's 'landmark' anti-bias AI standard
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artificial intelligence (AI)

Industry "delighted" with UK's 'landmark' anti-bias AI standard

The algorithmic transparency standard will now enter a pilot scheme to be scrutinised to a greater degree
30 Nov 2021
Sydney government-funded innovation hub launches quantum arm
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Policy & legislation

Sydney government-funded innovation hub launches quantum arm

This comes after Australia designated quantum technology as a critical technology for the country’s future
29 Nov 2021
Microsoft hit with formal complaint over "monopolistic" software bundling
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collaboration

Microsoft hit with formal complaint over "monopolistic" software bundling

Nearly 30 tech firms have contacted the EU to voice their concerns about Microsoft's bundling of OneDrive and Teams with Windows
29 Nov 2021
Practicality of UK government’s cyber bill criticised by industry experts
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Policy & legislation

Practicality of UK government’s cyber bill criticised by industry experts

The Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure (PSTI) Bill falls short in several key areas
26 Nov 2021
Google offers new cookie commitments to CMA
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Google offers new cookie commitments to CMA

Tech giant proposes a privacy sandbox to replace third-party tracking on Chrome
26 Nov 2021
ICO publishes new data protection standards for the adtech industry
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data protection

ICO publishes new data protection standards for the adtech industry

The new rules apply to new online advertising strategies which must place protections for users at the forefront
25 Nov 2021
US adds dozen Chinese tech companies to trade blacklist
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Policy & legislation

US adds dozen Chinese tech companies to trade blacklist

Decision was made due to concerns China could use the enterprises to break US encryption
25 Nov 2021
IBM unveils world-first machine learning training method for GDPR-compliance
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machine learning

IBM unveils world-first machine learning training method for GDPR-compliance

The novel approach to training machine learning models minimises the amount of personal data that's required to make accurate predictions
25 Nov 2021
EU reveals plans to protect whistleblowers from punishment in new legislation
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Policy & legislation

EU reveals plans to protect whistleblowers from punishment in new legislation

Digital Markets Act aims to strengthen internal markets, prevent misuse of personal data, and impose massive fines on companies
24 Nov 2021
UK gov introduces cyber bill designed to clamp down on unsecure devices
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IT regulation

UK gov introduces cyber bill designed to clamp down on unsecure devices

Law could prevent sale of smartphones, TVs, speakers, toys, and other digital devices that fail to meet minimum security requirements
24 Nov 2021
El Salvador announces plans to build a 'Bitcoin city' at the foot of a volcano
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cryptocurrencies

El Salvador announces plans to build a 'Bitcoin city' at the foot of a volcano

President Nayib Bukele said the country will harness the geothermal energy from the volcano on which the city will be built to mine the Bitcoin requir…
22 Nov 2021
IT Pro News in Review: FBI hacked, Nvidia-ARM probe, IBM's 'most powerful' quantum chip
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cyber security

IT Pro News in Review: FBI hacked, Nvidia-ARM probe, IBM's 'most powerful' quantum chip

Catch up on the biggest headlines of the week in just two minutes
19 Nov 2021
Podcast transcript: Can the US take on big tech?
Podcast transcript: Can the US take on big tech?
Policy & legislation

Podcast transcript: Can the US take on big tech?

Read the full transcript for this episode of the IT Pro Podcast
19 Nov 2021
The IT Pro Podcast: Can the US take on big tech?
The IT Pro Podcast: Can the US take on big tech?
Policy & legislation

The IT Pro Podcast: Can the US take on big tech?

We take a look at the multiple anti-monopoly bills being aimed a Silicon Valley giants
19 Nov 2021
Australia bets $111 million on quantum technology as part of national strategy
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Policy & legislation

Australia bets $111 million on quantum technology as part of national strategy

This comes as part of an action plan focusing on securing critical technologies for the country’s future
17 Nov 2021
UK gov orders in-depth probe into Nvidia-ARM takeover
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mergers and acquisitions

UK gov orders in-depth probe into Nvidia-ARM takeover

The government has ordered the CMA to carry out a "phase two" investigation on grounds of antitrust and national security
16 Nov 2021
China plots tougher cyber scrutiny for tech firms in Hong Kong IPOs
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Policy & legislation

China plots tougher cyber scrutiny for tech firms in Hong Kong IPOs

New draft regulations underline that if companies choose to IPO in Hong Kong, they will be forced to carry out a cyber security review
15 Nov 2021
Biden tightens restrictions against Huawei, ZTE
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Policy & legislation

Biden tightens restrictions against Huawei, ZTE

The new bill is designed to prevent companies deemed a security risk from receiving new equipment licences
12 Nov 2021
The Okta digital trust index
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Whitepaper

The Okta digital trust index

Exploring the human edge of trust
11 Nov 2021