The Government is backing a raft of projects - from examining how technology can help boost English farms’ productivity to creating environmentally-friendly offices and homes - to the tune of £76 million in a move designed to keep the UK a world leader in science, research and innovation.
Government measures to introduce an online age verification system for adult websites have come under fresh attack just weeks before they are set to be implemented amid claims they are a “privacy timebomb”.
Fresh evidence that the Information Commissioner’s Office is one of the busiest regulators in the EU has emerged with new figures showing it has received over 40 data breach notifications every day since May 25 2108, with a monthly average of 1,276 cases.
GDPR may have been in force for well over a year now, but UK staff have yet to change the way they handle sensitive data, with a third (34%) admitting they are still not taking the new regulation seriously even though the vast majority (84%) concede they know about compliance and their responsibilities.
The UK digital industry has overtaken both the construction and hospitality sectors in terms of headcount and now employs 2.1 million people, with tech jobs in some parts of the country accounting for huge swathes of the workforce.
More than a third of Europe’s fastest-growing tech companies are based in the UK, following £27bn of investment in the British tech sector over the past five years, with the country now home to over 70 so-called "unicorn companies", valued at more than $1 billion (£784 million).
The UK technology sector has been handed an £18.5 million cash injection by the Government in an effort to drive up skills in artificial intelligence and data science and support more adults to upskill and retrain to boost their careers or to find new employment.
Data analytics, cloud, machine learning and AI technology will dominate the spending of chief information officers over the next three years, triggered by a growing recognition of the power of data science.