Policy & legislation

Virgin Media O2 won't reintroduce roaming fees in Europe
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mobile networks

Virgin Media O2 won't reintroduce roaming fees in Europe

O2 and Virgin Mobile users will be exempt from paying the £2 daily fee that's being brought back by EE, Three and Vodafone
10 Jan 2022
Google banned from importing patent-infringing tech following Sonos IP victory
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Policy & legislation

Google banned from importing patent-infringing tech following Sonos IP victory

However, it appears Google has been working on product redesigns to circumvent the patents
7 Jan 2022
Majority of Americans say ransomware attacks should be considered terrorism
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ransomware

Majority of Americans say ransomware attacks should be considered terrorism

Most also believe it should be made illegal to pay ransoms to hackers
7 Jan 2022
Establishing a strong foundation for DataOps
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Whitepaper

Establishing a strong foundation for DataOps

How to gain a competitive advantage with your available data
6 Jan 2022
Kosovo bans cryptocurrency mining to avoid nation-wide energy blackouts
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cryptocurrencies

Kosovo bans cryptocurrency mining to avoid nation-wide energy blackouts

The government hopes to clamp down on large cryptocurrency farms operating in the north of the country
6 Jan 2022
EE, Vodafone delay post-Brexit return of roaming charges
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mobile networks

EE, Vodafone delay post-Brexit return of roaming charges

Vodafone was originally set to reinstate the fees today
6 Jan 2022
Google, Facebook fined €210 million for making it difficult for users to reject cookies
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Policy & legislation

Google, Facebook fined €210 million for making it difficult for users to reject cookies

Data regulator CNIL gives companies three months to provide a system for refusing cookies that is as easy as single click consent
6 Jan 2022
China to introduce cyber security reviews for companies listing overseas
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Security

China to introduce cyber security reviews for companies listing overseas

The country continues to gain oversight of its tech sector as it begins to implement laws proposed last year
4 Jan 2022
US delays 5G rollout over aviation safety concerns
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5G

US delays 5G rollout over aviation safety concerns

The new tech has been delayed following concerns from the aviation industry around the C-Band 5G spectrum
4 Jan 2022
Morgan Stanley agrees $60 million settlement in data breach lawsuit
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data protection

Morgan Stanley agrees $60 million settlement in data breach lawsuit

The two separate data incidents occurred in 2016 and 2019 and concerned the investment bank's handling of legacy IT equipment
4 Jan 2022
Meta files lawsuit to uncover hackers targeting Facebook, WhatsApp
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phishing

Meta files lawsuit to uncover hackers targeting Facebook, WhatsApp

The company is seeking $500,000 from the unnamed threat actors that ran phishing scam on its platforms
21 Dec 2021
China Mobile aims to raise up to £6.6 billion in Shanghai listing
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Network & Internet

China Mobile aims to raise up to £6.6 billion in Shanghai listing

The moves comes after it was removed from the New York Stock Exchange amid escalating US-China tensions
21 Dec 2021
Australia doubles down on digital economy with $252.5 million investment
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Policy & legislation

Australia doubles down on digital economy with $252.5 million investment

The government is spending more money to transform the country into a modern and leading digital economy by 2030
20 Dec 2021
US pushes for Google and Meta to operate US-APAC undersea cable
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Network & Internet

US pushes for Google and Meta to operate US-APAC undersea cable

The government cited concerns around the Chinese government’s efforts to acquire US citizen personal data when making the recommendation
20 Dec 2021
Most UK businesses say data regulations are stifling AI innovation
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artificial intelligence (AI)

Most UK businesses say data regulations are stifling AI innovation

Limited technological capabilities and poor access to data are preventing investment in AI
17 Dec 2021
Meta expands bug bounty programme to cover data scraping
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bugs

Meta expands bug bounty programme to cover data scraping

The move comes two years after a massive scraping incident on Facebook that resulted in data leaking online
16 Dec 2021
Australia and US sign CLOUD Act data-sharing deal to support criminal investigations
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cyber crime

Australia and US sign CLOUD Act data-sharing deal to support criminal investigations

The legislation allows law enforcement to simplify the process of obtaining electronic data from another country
16 Dec 2021
Gumtree site code made personal data of users and sellers publicly accessible
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data protection

Gumtree site code made personal data of users and sellers publicly accessible

Anyone could scan the website's HTML code to reveal personal information belonging to users of the popular second-hand classified adverts website
16 Dec 2021
UK unveils £2.6 billion National Cyber Strategy
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Policy & legislation

UK unveils £2.6 billion National Cyber Strategy

The strategy prioritises investing in the UK's cyber skills, improving cyber security responses, and disrupting state-backed cyber attacks
15 Dec 2021
Grindr given €6.5 million GDPR fine for selling special category user data without consent
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Grindr given €6.5 million GDPR fine for selling special category user data without consent

The Norwegian DPA claims users' sexual orientations were exposed following the sale of data to third parties
15 Dec 2021
Google will fire unvaccinated employees in 2022
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Business operations

Google will fire unvaccinated employees in 2022

The policy will only apply to Google’s 150,000 US employees
15 Dec 2021
UK joint committee calls for tougher rules for tech giants
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Policy & legislation

UK joint committee calls for tougher rules for tech giants

However, IT industry experts suggest Online Safety Bill proposals aren't clear enough for everyday users
14 Dec 2021
UK antitrust regulator to probe Microsoft's Nuance takeover
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mergers and acquisitions

UK antitrust regulator to probe Microsoft's Nuance takeover

The CMA says it will assess whether the merger is worthy of a full investigation
14 Dec 2021
HMRC suffered 17 data breaches over 15 months
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data breaches

HMRC suffered 17 data breaches over 15 months

According to a recent report, the breaches affected more than 3,000 individuals
13 Dec 2021