UK consumers are growing increasingly concerned over how companies - and the Government for that matter - protect their sensitive personal data, with two-fifths (41%) believing firms should do more and over a quarter insisting there is currently not enough state support for data security and cyber-protection.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has secured a deal with social charity Good Things Foundation as part of plans to help people without digital skills to complete the "digital first" Census in England and Wales, taking place in 2021.
Businesses are ignoring potentially valuable data and do not have the resources to take advantage of it, and, although they recognise the value of using all of their data, most do not even know whether this information exists or how to find, prepare, analyse or use it.
The Geospatial Commission is testing the feasibility of creating a digital map of underground pipes and cables as part of plans to develop a nationwide scheme which would enable utilities to more efficiently access, use and share data on what is currently the hidden infrastructure.
There is huge demand from private, public and third sector organisations in both the UK and overseas to explore data trusts, with most participants enthusiastic and eager to find ways of sharing data while retaining trust, and still deriving benefits for themselves and others.
Claims that Government plans to launch an online age verification system for adult websites are unworkable have been scotched by the company behind the largest mainstream test of the so-called "porn ban", due to come into force this year.
The Government has hailed the new tougher data protection regime, ushered in with GDPR and the UK Data Protection Act 2018, for a reduction in the number of businesses suffering a cyber breach or attack in the past year.
The Information Commissioner’s Office has finally published details of how its new regulatory "sandbox" will work, after opening the beta phase of the initiative, which is designed to support organisations using personal data to develop products and services that are innovative and have demonstrable public benefit.
Email marketing has proved the GDPR harbingers of doom wrong, with the majority of marketers (56%) feeling positive about the impact the new laws have had on their email campaigns – and only a fifth feeling negative (20%).