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The public and private sectors must be encouraged to work together to create a ‘digital twin’ of the national infrastructure in an effort to increase the performance, efficiency and resilience of the system. That is the conclusion of a new report by the National Infrastructure Commission, chaired by Lord Andrew Adonis, entitled Data for the Public Good. According to the report, the framework should be an open data national resource to make it possible to share data about infrastructure assets.
UK marketing and advertising industry bodies the DMA and Advertising Association are urging  the Government to ensure the final Brexit deal recognises the UK’s deep alignment with the EU on data protection policy.
There are many elements of GDPR which will be a major wake-up call for businesses, but, if the results of a new study by CyberArk are to be believed, the issue of data breach notification - or lack of it - remains the most pressing.
UK consumers are locked in a vicious circle with brands over customer experience; nearly half (47%) are frustrated  when companies fail to deliver relevant, personalised shopping experiences, but virtually the same number (48%) are concerned about data privacy as they subscribe to intelligent services designed to understand and anticipate their needs.
The Information Commissioner's Office has raised serious concerns that government-backed clauses inserted into the Data Protection Bill at the last minute will threaten its ability to operate independently.
The GDPR disconnect continues to plague UK marketers, according to a new study which claims that, while two-thirds see the new regulation as a strategic opportunity, most are as confused as ever about how to achieve compliance.
A director and senior employee of a Kent-based firm of loss adjusters, Woodgate & Clark, and two private investigators have been found guilty of unlawfully disclosing personal data illegally obtained, in the first case brought by the Information Commissioner's Office under the so-called "blue-chip data theft" investigation.
The Competition & Markets Authority is looking to appoint its first chief data and digital insights officer to spearhead the development of the organisation's data strategy.
While the majority (54%) of UK businesses are bracing themselves for a data breach in the next 12 months, less than half (48%) believe they are in a position to shoulder the huge fines which they could potentially face when GDPR comes into force next May.
UK companies who are still living in dread of GDPR should thank their lucky stars they are not operating in the US, where a group of Democrats is planning to bring in new laws which appear to make compliance with the upcoming EU data protection legislation seem like a stroll in the park.
Morrisons has secured the dubious honour of losing the first ever UK data leak class action after the High Court ruled that the supermarket chain must pay compensation to over 5,000 Morrisons staff - past and present - over the 2014 data breach caused by a disgruntled employee.
Dunnhumby and JDA Software Group have unveiled the first fruits of their partnership, which the duo claim will enable retailers to maximise their shopfloor space to increase customer loyalty and return on inventory, as well as deliver a more effective customer experience.
The Data Lab MSc,  the collaborative programme between The Data Lab and eleven Scottish universities designed to provide work placements for rising stars of the data industry, has signed a deal for this year's scheme.
EU countries have made major strides in elevating open data to drive digital innovation, according to a new report which shows that 14 countries - including the UK - are battling it out in a race to the top.
NHS Digital is investing up to £20m in a new cyber security unit that will recruit so-called "ethical hackers" to test its defences against cyber-attacks.
EU data protection chiefs are set to join the probe of Uber's massive data breach - which is already being investigated by both UK and US authorities - with the Article 29 Working Party putting the hack, which affected 57 million users, at the top of the agenda of next week's plenary.
The Open Data Institute has welcomed the Government pledge to open up UK mapping data - announced in Chancellor Philip Hammond's Autumn Budget - claiming the decision will provide a much needed shot in the arm for businesses, communities and citizens across the country.
Taxi company Uber is facing investigations on both sides of the Atlantic after admitting that it paid hackers a $100,000 (£75,000) ransom back in October last year to delete data they had stolen on about 57 million customers and 7 million drivers.
With just over six months to go before GDPR comes into force, the Data Protection Network has warned brands to act now to tackle their legacy data or face the prospect of a knock at the door from the Information Commissioner's Office.
The Open Rights Group has been awarded nearly £60,000 to create a digital tool to help individuals protect and enforce their data protection rights, particularly in the insurance and banking sectors as part of the first round of funding dished out through the Information Commissioner's Grants Programme.
UK businesses are already falling behind other countries in the effective use of data, due to a dearth of chief information officers. However, if it is bad now, the triple whammy of Brexit, Open Banking  and GDPR is likely to exacerbate the problem as pressure mounts on companies to manage and use data more transparently and effectively.
Insurance giant Allianz Partners is targeting the consumer market by broadening its offer in digital assistance to launch a new data security and recovery product, dubbed Cyber Shield.
GDPR preparations may be furrowing the brows of business leaders across the UK, but nearly three-quarters (71%) of marketers believe the new Regulation will spark a creative revolution as brands strive to find new ways to engage potential customers.

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