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The task of attracting young people into the UK’s booming digital economy is being hit by a triple whammy of regional divides in the education system, a lack of awareness of the opportunities available and a misaligned curriculum which is leaving students unprepared to engage with the sector. So says a new study from UK digital trade body BIMA ahead of this year's BIMA Digital Day, an event which is designed to increase the interaction between digital sector businesses, schools, teachers and career advisers, students and their parents.
Organisations continue to keep legacy IT applications alive because the historical data those systems hold remains useful, despite a recognition that running these obsolete systems poses a major risk to digital transformation, data privacy and security.
Brands are being urged to explore the opportunities that artificial intelligence-based personalisation strategies can bring to their marketing campaigns on the back of a survey which reveals that poorly-targeted and irrelevant activity is driving customers away from their favourite brands.
Oracle technology may power some of the biggest marketing companies in the world but the business is now using its data analytical expertise to tackle the declining honey bee population.
The Government is urging tech firms to embrace a new voluntary code of practice for manufacturers of connected devices, developed to tackle widespread data privacy concerns by ensuring that security measures are embedded into the design process.
Internet of Things (IoT) technology is now moving into the mainstream, according to a new study which shows that nearly nine out of ten (87%) of business leaders now expect tangible results from their projects within three years.
Wales is aiming to rival London and Scotland as a major hub for data professionals with the launch of the Welsh Data Science Graduate Programme, designed to give the country’s top talent added incentive to build their careers in the Welsh data sector.
The Geospatial Commission is to invest £5 million to help its six partner bodies - the British Geological Survey, Coal Authority, HM Land Registry, Ordnance Survey, UK Hydrographic Office and the Valuation Office Agency - unlock the value of location data by making it be available for analysis by private companies.
Despite the negativity surrounding data sharing practices, more than a quarter (27%) of UK consumers would be happy for service providers - such as water, energy and telephone companies - to hand their personal data over to other suppliers or third parties, to help them better manage their bill payments.
The threat of enforcement action and huge fines is putting data compliance at the top of the agenda for many businesses, triggering increased investment in governance and the adoption of new self-service tools.
Finance firms are continuing to pay a high price for not tackling their data management issues with more than a third (37%) admitting that legacy platforms are the biggest obstacles to improving their data management and analytics capabilities.
Most retail loyalty schemes are being held back by a failure to recognise the key drivers of what makes customers want to come back for more, according to a new study which shows only a fifth of businesses can be described as "loyalty experts".
The Information Commissioner's Office is planning to slash its workload by forcing companies to resolve complaints about their data handling directly with individuals rather than getting involved itself.
The data watchdog is warning consumers to protect their personal information when downloading mobile apps, ahead of Christmas Day – the busiest day of the year for downloads. 
UK shoppers are set to spend more than 45 million hours online over Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, according to Experian, smashing last year’s records for visits across the three key Christmas days.
Target Corp, the third largest retailer in the US, has been forced to admit that hackers have stolen data from up to 40 million credit and debit cards of shoppers who visited its stores during the first three weeks of the holiday season.
The stampede to digital marketing is leaving many companies in its wake as nearly half of all marketers are failing to gather and then exploit the in-depth customer data new media channels are providing.
Credit card giant MasterCard has found a new use for the petabytes of transactional customer payment data it holds after revealing plans to launch an online restaurant review service to challenge the likes of TripAdvisor, UrbanSpoon and SquareMeal.
The direct marketing industry is calling on the Information Commissioner’s Office to ramp up punitive action against spam texts after the regulator announced it has fined pay day loan company First Financial £175,000 for breaking the laws governing electronic marketing.
The European Court has delivered a blow to consumer rights after ruling that public authorities are entitled to charge members of the public to access the data they hold about them – even though they are not allowed to make a profit.
The EU’s digital commissioner, Neelie Kroes, has called for a relaxation of the laws concerning pseudonymised data, saying firms should be allowed to process large data-sets without the consent of individuals in certain circumstances.
EU ministers have forced the progress of the draft Data Protection Regulation off-track after rejecting the “one stop shop” approach, which would have given the regulator in each country binding powers over the entire 28-state European Union.
Consumers are increasingly losing trust in the classic online data security measures of user name and password, with a quarter of those surveyed for a new study claiming they are not enough to keep their information safe.

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