Policy & legislation

Facial recognition tech used by UK police "breaches privacy"
artificial intelligence (AI)

Facial recognition tech used by UK police "breaches privacy"

Civil rights group Liberty has told the court of appeals that these systems are racially biased and contradict data protection laws
24 Jun 2020
Businesswoman sentenced for illegally deleting company files
Computer Misuse Act

Businesswoman sentenced for illegally deleting company files

Danielle Bulley accessed a company’s servers months after resigning as director from a previously linked firm that went into liquidation
22 Jun 2020
Microsoft backs calls for an antitrust review of Apple's App Store
business apps

Microsoft backs calls for an antitrust review of Apple's App Store

Microsoft president Brad Smith says "the time has come for a much more focused conversation about the nature of app stores"
22 Jun 2020
MPs vote in favour of 2021 IR35 rollout
Policy & legislation

MPs vote in favour of 2021 IR35 rollout

The contentious rules have been approved during the committee stages of the Finance Bill
18 Jun 2020
Businesses put AI innovation on hold to avoid public backlash
artificial intelligence (AI)

Businesses put AI innovation on hold to avoid public backlash

A major analysis of barriers to AI adoption highlights bias and a lack of explainability among key risk factors
18 Jun 2020
Coronavirus contact-tracing app to be launched in winter, minister reveals
public sector

Coronavirus contact-tracing app to be launched in winter, minister reveals

Statement contradicts comments from Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab that suggested the app would arrive in the coming weeks
18 Jun 2020
80% of Americans distrust tech companies’ content moderation
social media

80% of Americans distrust tech companies’ content moderation

Majority of respondents prefer an independent content oversight board to govern content moderation policies
17 Jun 2020
US companies can work with Huawei on 5G standards
5G

US companies can work with Huawei on 5G standards

Amendment to ban allows US companies to develop 5G standards with Huawei
16 Jun 2020
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos ready to testify in House antitrust probe
Policy & legislation

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos ready to testify in House antitrust probe

In a letter to lawmakers, Amazon's lawyers say Bezos is willing to testify alongside other tech leaders
16 Jun 2020
EU fires warning shot to UK over post-Brexit US data-sharing
Map of Britain
data protection

EU fires warning shot to UK over post-Brexit US data-sharing

The terms of a UK-US arrangement may not be compatible with EU data protection standards
16 Jun 2020
Google to introduce rules banning discriminatory job adverts
Policy & legislation

Google to introduce rules banning discriminatory job adverts

The policy will be introduced to the US later in the year
12 Jun 2020
Tech firms are saving face by dropping facial recognition
Business strategy

Tech firms are saving face by dropping facial recognition

This dangerously unreliable technology should never have been used by law enforcement
12 Jun 2020
Lawmakers propose $22.8B in semiconductor funding
Hardware

Lawmakers propose $22.8B in semiconductor funding

CHIPS would provide more than $22.8 billion in aid for US semiconductor manufacturers
11 Jun 2020
Tony Blair calls out government's failure to adopt new tech
Policy & legislation

Tony Blair calls out government's failure to adopt new tech

Former PM says there's a "great gulf" between those creating technology and those creating policy
9 Jun 2020
Google Chrome team to use racially neutral code
Policy & legislation

Google Chrome team to use racially neutral code

Google Chrome team will move away from words like “blacklist” and “whitelist”
8 Jun 2020
Brave apologises for redirecting users to affiliate links
privacy

Brave apologises for redirecting users to affiliate links

The privacy-focused platform would revise URLs to add an affiliate code for those accessing cryptocurrency platforms
8 Jun 2020
Tech group challenges President Trump's social media executive
Policy & legislation

Tech group challenges President Trump's social media executive

CDT accuses Trump of violating the First Amendment
5 Jun 2020
Elon Musk calls for Amazon to be broken up
Elon Musk talking
Policy & legislation

Elon Musk calls for Amazon to be broken up

Musk sounds off after the initial rejection of “Unreported Truths about COVID-19 and Lockdowns”
5 Jun 2020
DuckDuckGo suggests Google is destined for US antitrust action
Business operations

DuckDuckGo suggests Google is destined for US antitrust action

DoJ and state attorneys are reportedly building a case into Google's dominance of the search engine market
5 Jun 2020
US to challenge UK's "unfair" Digital Services Tax
Policy & legislation

US to challenge UK's "unfair" Digital Services Tax

The Treasury says that the UK’s 2% digital tax does not violate "international obligations"
3 Jun 2020
Go digital to meet today’s critical compliance and security requirements
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Go digital to meet today’s critical compliance and security requirements

Digital transformation helps companies meet critical compliance and security requirements
2 Jun 2020
The IT Pro Podcast: Happy birthday GDPR
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The IT Pro Podcast: Happy birthday GDPR

As GDPR turns two, we look back on its impact and how it’s changed data protection - if at all
1 Jun 2020
What is anticipatory regulation?
Policy & legislation

What is anticipatory regulation?

This type of legislation aims to resolve the conflict between lumbering legislative process and rapidly evolving tech
1 Jun 2020
President Trump signs executive order targeting social media companies
social media

President Trump signs executive order targeting social media companies

Order aims to prevent online censorship after Trump’s tweets labeled as misleading
29 May 2020