Ofcom delays UK 5G spectrum auction until March
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5G

Ofcom delays UK 5G spectrum auction until March

The bidding process has been postponed once again as a result of the COVID pandemic
26 Jan 2021
WhatsApp could face €50 million GDPR fine
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

WhatsApp could face €50 million GDPR fine

The messaging service failed to adequately inform users about how their data would be shared with Facebook
25 Jan 2021
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
NHS adopts AI imaging algorithm to improve COVID-19 treatment
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artificial intelligence (AI)

NHS adopts AI imaging algorithm to improve COVID-19 treatment

The 'Chest Imaging Database' will be used by hospitals to reduce the time needed to create treatment plans
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
UK gov invests £28 million to trial innovative 5G use cases
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5G

UK gov invests £28 million to trial innovative 5G use cases

The projects will involve the O2 Arena, Cornwall's Eden Project and Sir David Attenborough
13 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
Two sentenced under the Computer Misuse Act for data theft
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Computer Misuse Act

Two sentenced under the Computer Misuse Act for data theft

The individuals were accused of siphoning away personal data from RAC to an accident claims management firm
11 Jan 2021
Boris Johnson’s 2025 gigabit broadband vision in tatters, MPs claim
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Network & Internet

Boris Johnson’s 2025 gigabit broadband vision in tatters, MPs claim

This is the second report within a month to conclude even 85% full-fibre coverage is unachievable
8 Jan 2021
Hackers publish Hackney Council data online after 2020 attack
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hacking

Hackers publish Hackney Council data online after 2020 attack

The suspected ransomware incident in October last year knocked a number of council services offline
7 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
UK tech firms face billion-pound fines for failing to curb harmful content
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social media

UK tech firms face billion-pound fines for failing to curb harmful content

The government plans to hit social media platforms with GDPR-like penalties worth up to 10% of annual revenue
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
Border force reliant on 26-year-old tech due to digital upgrade delay
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digital transformation

Border force reliant on 26-year-old tech due to digital upgrade delay

Home Office's failure to upgrade systems will cost the UK an additional £173 million, NAO claims
9 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
Microsoft warns of growing "digital divide" between state and private schools
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Hardware

Microsoft warns of growing "digital divide" between state and private schools

Vast majority of UK state schools have been unable to support students with hardware during the pandemic
4 Dec 2020