Home Secretary Sajid Javid has rejected warnings about the potential dangers of facial recognition technology - most recently issued by the Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham - to back the police as forces across England and Wales step up their trials.
Fashion retailers aiming to embrace data-driven marketing to boost their performance might have to think again after two-thirds (67%) of shoppers said they do not trust fashion brands to act responsibly and to protect their personal information.
Marketers are facing such a huge deluge of customer information - arriving from numerous sources - that they are at risk of not being able to see the wood for the trees and losing sight of important KPIs.
Businesses are missing out on revenue and losing customers due to bad data practices, with almost one on five (20%) firms having lost customers because of incomplete or inaccurate information about them, and a further 15% failing to sign new customer contracts for the same reason.
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).
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.