Policy & legislation

New Zealand privacy commissioner tipped to become next ICO head
NZ privacy commissioner John Edwards
Information Commissioner

New Zealand privacy commissioner tipped to become next ICO head

John Edwards is said to be an 'anti-Facebook' regulator who would fit well in the UK's plans to clamp down on big tech
26 Jul 2021
TSMC mulls Germany for first European chip plant
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Hardware

TSMC mulls Germany for first European chip plant

The move comes as countries around the world continue to try and attract chipmakers to their territories amid a global chip shortage
26 Jul 2021
Senator wants social media companies held liable for spreading anti-vax lies
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social media

Senator wants social media companies held liable for spreading anti-vax lies

Amy Klobuchar calls for some Section 230 protections to be stripped from social media
23 Jul 2021
UK gun owners urged to be ‘vigilant’ after Guntrader data breach
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data breaches

UK gun owners urged to be ‘vigilant’ after Guntrader data breach

100,000 customer names and addresses have been published to the dark web
23 Jul 2021
Government sets out investment strategy to spark UK innovation
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public sector

Government sets out investment strategy to spark UK innovation

The plan will boost annual R&D investment to £22 billion to turn innovation into concrete products and services
22 Jul 2021
Judge forces Capitol rioter to unlock laptop using facial recognition
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biometrics

Judge forces Capitol rioter to unlock laptop using facial recognition

Prosecutors argued that the Microsoft device could contain footage of the 6 January insurrection
22 Jul 2021
New malware uses search engine ads to target pirate gamers
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malware

New malware uses search engine ads to target pirate gamers

MosaicLoader uses advanced obfuscation techniques to avoid detection
21 Jul 2021
Biden names big tech nemesis as antitrust chief
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Policy & legislation

Biden names big tech nemesis as antitrust chief

Google critic nominated to lead Justice Department’s antitrust division
21 Jul 2021
ICO launches AI risk assessment toolkit for businesses
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Information Commissioner

ICO launches AI risk assessment toolkit for businesses

The watchdog is calling for organisations to test its beta data assessment package on live AI applications
21 Jul 2021
US has new cyber security rules for pipelines
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Policy & legislation

US has new cyber security rules for pipelines

DHS now requires “urgently needed protections against cyber intrusions”
20 Jul 2021
UK digital markets watchdog given power to fine big tech firms
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Policy & legislation

UK digital markets watchdog given power to fine big tech firms

The Digital Markets Unit will also look at the root causes of competition issues within the digital sector
20 Jul 2021
China slams Microsoft hack accusations as ‘groundless and irresponsible’
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cyber attacks

China slams Microsoft hack accusations as ‘groundless and irresponsible’

This comes after the New Zealand government joined international condemnation of China’s alleged exploitation of the Microsoft Exchange Platform
20 Jul 2021
What is identity management?
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identity and access management (IAM)

What is identity management?

Make sure only the right people have access to your infrastructure
20 Jul 2021
Tech firms condemn anti-DACA ruling
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Policy & legislation

Tech firms condemn anti-DACA ruling

The ruling threatens innovation and competition, warn tech executives
19 Jul 2021
US puts trade restrictions on six Russian organisations
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Policy & legislation

US puts trade restrictions on six Russian organisations

The move comes after the US blamed Russia for the SolarWinds attack in April
19 Jul 2021
Tech groups back nearly $1 trillion in infrastructure spending
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Infrastructure

Tech groups back nearly $1 trillion in infrastructure spending

Letter urges Congress to agree on $974 billion investment
16 Jul 2021
What is EU-US Privacy Shield?
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Privacy Shield

What is EU-US Privacy Shield?

A look at the now invalidated framework US companies relied on to transfer data to and from the European Union
16 Jul 2021
Mastercard banned from taking on new customers in India after flouting data rules
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Policy & legislation

Mastercard banned from taking on new customers in India after flouting data rules

The country’s reserve bank found that the payment provider did not comply with a data policy established in 2018
16 Jul 2021
IT Pro News in Review: REvil disappears, UK government under fire, Microsoft launches Windows 365
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cyber security

IT Pro News in Review: REvil disappears, UK government under fire, Microsoft launches Windows 365

Catch up on the week's top news stories in just two minutes
16 Jul 2021
State Department offers $10 million for tips on foreign hackers
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ransomware

State Department offers $10 million for tips on foreign hackers

State Department seeks to rein in the growing risk of ransomware attacks
15 Jul 2021
What is the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)?
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Information Commissioner

What is the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)?

Who is the Information Commissioner, what powers do they have, and how will the ICO enforce GDPR?
15 Jul 2021
2021 state of email security report: Ransomware on the rise
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Whitepaper

2021 state of email security report: Ransomware on the rise

Securing the enterprise in the COVID world
15 Jul 2021
Facebook asks FTC chair to recuse herself from antitrust case
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social media

Facebook asks FTC chair to recuse herself from antitrust case

Petition takes a leaf from Amazon's playbook
14 Jul 2021