NHS turns to distributed ledger tech to manage COVID-19 vaccine rollout
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Technology

NHS turns to distributed ledger tech to manage COVID-19 vaccine rollout

The technology will be used to ensure results are securely recorded and validated at pace
20 Jan 2021
BT faces £600m class-action lawsuit for 'overcharging'
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Policy & legislation

BT faces £600m class-action lawsuit for 'overcharging'

The telecoms giant is accused of failing to compensate customers who were overcharged for landlines between 2009 and 2017
18 Jan 2021
150,000 arrest records accidentally deleted from police database
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data management

150,000 arrest records accidentally deleted from police database

Early investigations have ruled out a cyber attack and instead point to human error
15 Jan 2021
Tech giants begin work on a digital wallet for coronavirus vaccination records
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data protection

Tech giants begin work on a digital wallet for coronavirus vaccination records

The Vaccination Credential Initiative will look to develop a digital certificate to store on mobile devices
15 Jan 2021
Lockdown Laptop Map lists close to 1,000 schools in need of tech supplies
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Hardware

Lockdown Laptop Map lists close to 1,000 schools in need of tech supplies

An estimated 1.8 million UK schoolchildren lack access to an internet-connected device at home
14 Jan 2021
World’s largest dark web marketplace taken offline
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cyber crime

World’s largest dark web marketplace taken offline

A multinational operation also involving Europol, UK and US authorities has put a halt to illegal trade valued at approximately £125 million
13 Jan 2021
UK competition watchdog to investigate Nvidia takeover of Arm
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mergers and acquisitions

UK competition watchdog to investigate Nvidia takeover of Arm

Third parties will have until 26 January to voice their concerns about the deal
7 Jan 2021
UK ranked second for value of GDPR fines issued in 2020
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

UK ranked second for value of GDPR fines issued in 2020

The ICO, however, was one of the least active data regulators in Europe having collecting fines for three cases
6 Jan 2021
How the UK’s immigration system failed tech talent during the pandemic
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Careers & training

How the UK’s immigration system failed tech talent during the pandemic

Although the government has published a new proposed brief for the future immigration system, the changes might be too little too late
4 Jan 2021
Is the UK government's plan for digital upskilling on track?
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Careers & training

Is the UK government's plan for digital upskilling on track?

Eighteen months after plans to build a "world leading digital economy" were announced, is enough being done to achieve it?
15 Dec 2020
MoD launches bug bounty programme
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Security

MoD launches bug bounty programme

Researchers are encouraged to report any flaws they find on MoD systems, but they must not engage in social engineering or phishing attacks
10 Dec 2020
Cambridge hospital becomes first to adopt Microsoft AI for cancer treatment
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artificial intelligence (AI)

Cambridge hospital becomes first to adopt Microsoft AI for cancer treatment

Addenbrooke's Hospital says the imaging AI will increase the survival rates of patients
9 Dec 2020
HMRC branded ‘incompetent’ following 11 serious data breaches
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Security

HMRC branded ‘incompetent’ following 11 serious data breaches

The incidents, which were reported to the ICO, affected nearly 24,000 people
7 Dec 2020
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
MPs bash Amazon and Apple over UK e-waste crisis
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Hardware

MPs bash Amazon and Apple over UK e-waste crisis

The UK exports 200,000 tonnes of e-waste illegally each year, report reveals
26 Nov 2020
Can blockchain fix voting?
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blockchain

Can blockchain fix voting?

Could digital voting have prevented the chaos before the US election? And can blockchain help now or in the future?
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
Tech becomes Bristol's fastest growing industry
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Business strategy

Tech becomes Bristol's fastest growing industry

Higher salaries, investment, and many job openings have put the sector on a much higher footing lately
24 Nov 2020
MPs targeted with nearly three million malicious emails per month
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Security

MPs targeted with nearly three million malicious emails per month

The constant barrage of cyber attacks represents a 60% rise against the monthly malicious emails sent during 2019
23 Nov 2020
Senate passes minimum security standards for federal IoT devices
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Security

Senate passes minimum security standards for federal IoT devices

Vendors must notify federal customers of any cyber security flaws in their internet-connected devices
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
Hackney Council services could be offline for 'months' following cyber attack
Security

Hackney Council services could be offline for 'months' following cyber attack

The East London-based council has warned that some of its key services could remain unavailable following suspected ransomware attack
16 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