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The Government has awarded £13 million in funding to a raft of new technology projects - including one which uses artificial intelligence to combat fraud - as part of a drive to transform the accountancy, insurance and legal services industries. With insurance fraud costing the UK £3 billion in 2017, the main AI project is being developed by Intelligent Voice, Strenuus and the University of East London. It will use algorithms and voice recognition technology to detect and interpret emotion and linguistics to assess the credibility of insurance claims.
Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has insisted that her office should play a central role in any future regulation of social media and tech giants, branding MPs’ calls for new legislation a “knee-jerk reaction”.
Seven in 10 businesses are struggling to unlock data's true potential because of a lack of control, leaving many with untrusted data that undermines innovation and customer interactions.
UK firms have tackled their fears over GDPR, and are finally recognising that data regulation can have a positive affect on their business.
Companies are increasingly recognising the need to innovate but are being held back by tight resources and strong internal resistance - and in many cases the fear of failure.
Schools minister Nick Gibb has called on teachers and parents to challenge and dispel misconceptions some girls have about the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects after new data shows boys are still more likely to study the subjects.
Apple chief executive Tim Cook's call for the US to introduce GDPR-style legislation is gaining momentum among the technology giants, with Cisco and Microsoft the latest firms urging the US to follow in the footsteps of the European Union.
The Information Commissioner's Office has warned companies that they risk a day in court if they fail to respect consumers' legal right to access the personal information that is held on them.
The Government has unlocked an £18 million fund for a raft of projects designed to transform the construction industry, including a scheme which will explore how artificial intelligence can better predict and plan building projects and avoid possible delays.
More than 59,000 data breaches have been reported to regulators across Europe since GDPR came into force last May, with the UK in the top three - behind Netherlands and Germany - when it comes the most reported breaches.
The Information Commissioner's Office is hunting 10 organisations to take part in the test phase of its new regulatory sandbox which aims to promote "data protection by design".
The UK is to pilot what it claims will be the world’s first "data trust" programme aimed at tackling global issues such as illegal wildlife poaching and food waste.
A new digital platform which aims to reverse the decline of the high street by enabling customers to find local deals online is being rolled out nationwide after a 12-month trial.
NatWest has become the first UK bank to establish its own data academy, with plans to train up to 1,000 staff in its first year alone in how best to understand and harness data.
The Government is setting up a £100 million fund as part of plans for the UK to become a world leader in tackling cyber threats before they even emerge by designing security measures into hardware by default.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) is to invest £500,000 in four projects to improve cyber skills in less-represented groups and develop more diversity in the industry.
The Information Commissioner’s Office has appointed former EU data tsar Peter Hustinx as non-executive director in a move which it claims strengthens its commitment to remaining an influential international data protection regulator post-Brexit.
Brands may still be coming to terms with GDPR but, it appears, consumers are already feeling more confident in how their data is handled, and believe they can exercise greater control over what marketing they receive.
Wingate & Finchley FC might not boast the biggest fanbase in the country - or the most star-studded team - but the Isthmian Premier League club are aiming for the double goal of boosting their own fortunes as well as attracting youngsters into STEM by installing what is thought to be the first "AI football coach".
Tech giants might be facing increased scrutiny over their compliance with GDPR, but new figures suggest that they are not alone, with the vast majority of businesses struggling to cope with a rise in data access requests.
Google has the dubious honour of being the first company to be hit by a major fine for breaching GDPR, after the French data watchdog CNIL said it was handing the company a €50 million (£44 million) penalty for failing to provide transparent and easily accessible information on its data consent policies.
Apple chief executive Tim Cook has stepped up his call for the US to introduce GDPR-style legislation, arguing that American citizens should have the right to track the data that is being collected about them online and delete it if they want to.
Small businesses are proving far more successful than their larger counterparts in tackling the gender imbalance in the tech workforce, according to the inaugural benchmarking report from Government-backed initiative Tech Talent Charter.

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