Policy & legislation

FAA declares 78% of commercial US plans 5G-safe
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5G

FAA declares 78% of commercial US plans 5G-safe

Over one in five planes still not cleared to fly in low-visibility conditions near 5G cell towers
21 Jan 2022
IT Pro News In Review: UK four-day working week, cyber crime in schools, GDPR fines of €1bn in 2021
IT Pro News In Review: UK four-day working week, cyber crime in schools, EU GDPR fines of €1bnvideo
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IT Pro News In Review: UK four-day working week, cyber crime in schools, GDPR fines of €1bn in 2021

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21 Jan 2022
MoJ faces £17.5m GDPR fine over subject access request backlog
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data protection

MoJ faces £17.5m GDPR fine over subject access request backlog

The Information Commissioner's Office says the rights of data subjects are now being infringed by the processing delay
20 Jan 2022
UK and Australia partner on cyber security investment
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Policy & legislation

UK and Australia partner on cyber security investment

The countries are set to invest in infrastructure for Indo-Pacific states as well, in the areas of energy, investment, and technology
20 Jan 2022
DCMS making “little tangible progress” with superfast broadband rollout
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DCMS making “little tangible progress” with superfast broadband rollout

New report by the Committee of Public Accounts has found that the UK is unlikely to hit the 85% coverage target by 2025
19 Jan 2022
US airlines warn of “catastrophic” crisis days before 5G rollout
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5G

US airlines warn of “catastrophic” crisis days before 5G rollout

The companies have warned that the harm from 5G deployment is substantially worse than originally anticipated
18 Jan 2022
European data regulators issued €1.1 billion in GDPR fines in 2021
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

European data regulators issued €1.1 billion in GDPR fines in 2021

The UK placed sixth on the GDPR fine table with its £20 million fine levied against British Airways
18 Jan 2022
NSW ditches e-voting system after glitch left citizens unable to vote
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digital transformation

NSW ditches e-voting system after glitch left citizens unable to vote

The electoral commissioner is also seeking the validity of the results in three councillor elections
18 Jan 2022
The government’s anti-encryption campaign shows it’s learned nothing from the war on drugs
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encryption

The government’s anti-encryption campaign shows it’s learned nothing from the war on drugs

Criminalisation has almost always backfired through history, pushing illicit materials further into the hands of criminals
18 Jan 2022
Russia's "politically motivated" REvil raid could be used as leverage, experts warn
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ransomware

Russia's "politically motivated" REvil raid could be used as leverage, experts warn

The cyber security industry says the FSB's arrests are “unlikely” to signal a change in Russia’s policy
17 Jan 2022
Singapore discourages cryptocurrency trading with new regulations
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cryptocurrencies

Singapore discourages cryptocurrency trading with new regulations

It has warned that trading is highly risky due to the fact that prices are subject to sharp speculative swings
17 Jan 2022
NordVPN launches open source VPN speed testing tool
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virtual private network (VPN)

NordVPN launches open source VPN speed testing tool

The unified speed-testing software can be downloaded from GitHub
14 Jan 2022
Singapore to resume construction on new data centres following energy efficiency review
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data centres

Singapore to resume construction on new data centres following energy efficiency review

New data centres will need to be more resource efficient and existing ones may need to be retrofitted
14 Jan 2022
IT Pro News In Review: Virgin O2 roaming fees, Meta employees COVID-19 jab, Europol cache of data
IT Pro News In Review: Virgin O2 roaming fees, Meta employees COVID-19 jab, Europol cache of datavideo
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IT Pro News In Review: Virgin O2 roaming fees, Meta employees COVID-19 jab, Europol cache of data

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14 Jan 2022
No “convincing case” for UK centralised digital currency, says Lords committee
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digital currency

No “convincing case” for UK centralised digital currency, says Lords committee

A digital currency could increase financial instability and erode privacy protections, House of Lords warns
13 Jan 2022
AI Standards Hub will help UK businesses improve AI governance
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artificial intelligence (AI)

AI Standards Hub will help UK businesses improve AI governance

The launch of the initiative, led by the Alan Turing Institute, comes as 1.3 million UK businesses are expected to use AI by 2040
12 Jan 2022
China to accelerate construction of national integrated big data centre system
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Policy & legislation

China to accelerate construction of national integrated big data centre system

This comes as part of its next five-year plan which underlines the importance of developing the digital economy
12 Jan 2022
Rural businesses face "digital exclusion" due to underinvestment in connectivity
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Network & Internet

Rural businesses face "digital exclusion" due to underinvestment in connectivity

New research finds that the pandemic has created a “Catch-22 situation” for residents and businesses based in rural areas
12 Jan 2022
Europol ordered to delete huge cache of unlawfully stored data
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data protection

Europol ordered to delete huge cache of unlawfully stored data

The crime-fighting agency has failed to implement the necessary data protection measures it was told to make more than a year ago
11 Jan 2022
Financial regulators concerned about reliance on AWS, Azure and Google Cloud
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IT regulation

Financial regulators concerned about reliance on AWS, Azure and Google Cloud

The Prudential Regulation Authority is reportedly seeking ways to access more data from the big three cloud providers
10 Jan 2022
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
A sign displayed at a petrol station in Washington, US saying "Temporarily Out of Service" following a ransomware attack against Colonial Pipeline
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