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EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová has said that US officials have insisted that President Trump’s “America first” policy will not tear up the EU-US Privacy Shield agreement on data transfers, following the first day of talks to review the one-year-old deal.
Equifax's chief information officer and chief security officer have both been ousted from the beleaguered company after it finally came clean that "fewer than 400,000" UK consumers have been caught up in the massive US data breach.
UK businesses which engage third parties to process personal data on their behalf are being urged to go over their existing contracts with a fine tooth comb to ensure they will be compliant with GDPR, in new draft guidance issued by the Information Commissioner's Office.
Backed by funding from The Data Lab, a blockchain-enabled pilot project has been launched which will track the chain of custody of connected medical devices throughout their lifecycle. Widely used to help people manage chronic conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease and neurodegenerative disorders, the project involves Edinburgh Napier University, NHS National Services Scotland and industry collaborator Spiritus Development.
Brussels' plans to restrict collection and use of data in digital advertising as part of the proposed ePrivacy Regulation could have serious and unintended consequences, wiping out up to half of the €526bn (£470bn) market - equivalent to €263bn (£235bn).
UK business bosses are stepping up their campaign to lobby the Government to use Brexit negotiations to seek an "adequecy decision" with the EU  or put the country's burgeoning data economy at risk.
The Information Commissioner's Office has slammed the brakes on the marketing activities of UK taxi booking app Cab Guru, after issuing a  £45,000 fine for breaking the law on sending unsolicited text messages.
Belief in the value of data and analytics continues to be backed with hard cash as investors put money behind UK start-ups addressing core issues. Peak has just taken in £2.5 milllion to build out its data analytics-as-a-service, while Infosum banked $5 million to pursue its collaborative insight platform. Elsewhere, artificial intelligence start-ups are said to be launching at a rate of one every week.
Equifax is facing mounting pressure to provide exact details of last week's US data breach, which has also affected customers in the UK and Canada, amid growing criticism of its response to the incident.
As companies ramp up their search for data protection officers to ensure GDPR compliance, legal experts have warned them not to be tempted to hand the role to chief privacy officers - or any other senior executives - as potential conflicts of interest and an inability to act independently may preclude them from the role.
Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham may be optimistic that UK companies will be compliant with GDPR before next May's deadline, but most firms do not share her view, with a new study exposing a "triple whammy" of roadblocks to compliance.
UK consumers have expressed their fears over the seemingly unrelenting march of the robots, with the vast majority (75%) believing that there should be new regulations to control artificial intelligence.
Collaborative data science platform developer Dataiku has closed a $28 million Series B funding round which will see it hire up to 100 new staff and double its presence in the UK. Spending plans are intended to maintain the year-on-year doubling in revenues which it has enjoyed since starting up in 2014.
Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has insisted she is “optimistic” that UK businesses will be ready for GDPR by May next year because many companies were clearly “taking it seriously”.
Online grocery retailer Ocado has added an Amazon Alexa app to its multi-device, the first UK supermarket to do so. The app went live on Tuesday 29th August, bringing voice control to its existing apps for Apple iOS, watchOS, Android and online webshop Ocado.com. The new skill uses artificial intelligence to make behaviourally-relevant product suggestions.
Law firms are being warned to tighten up their email systems after a new study revealed that only one of the UK’s top 100 practices has sufficient measures in place to protect against even the most basic forms of fraud.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has launched a study to help shape its policy to tackle the digital skills shortage which MPs have claimed is already costing the UK economy over £63bn a year.
Nottinghamshire County Council has been fined £70,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office for leaving vulnerable people’s personal information exposed online for five years.
Tabitha Davies, a 21-year-old engineering graduate of Cardiff University, has won GoCompare’s data science challenge, scooping the prize of an 18-week data science course and a two-year placement.  
Apple has signed a deal with Accenture to launch a new Internet of Things (IoT) platform that it claims will let businesses better interact with their customers through Apple's iOS operating system.
Marine Transport International (MTI) has stood up a pilot program called Container Streams which has seen supplier, shipper, load point, customs and terminal all connect on a shared blockchain ledger. The pilot has been verified by both the University of Copenhagen and maritime technology leads at Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration (BLOC).
London is aiming to boost its technological standing with the appointment of the capital's first ever chief digital officer.
Industry bodies have welcomed a rise in the number of students taking GCSE-level computing but are still fearful that there are simply not enough people taking the qualification to bridge the looming tech skills shortage.

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