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GCHQ signs up HP and Hive Centrica to IoT code

GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre has recruited HP and Hive Centrica to a new code of practice aimed at protecting Internet of things (IoT) devices from cyber attacks. The two tech companies have signed up to the guidelines in the hope that others will follow suit to ensure security is ‘baked in’ to the design process.

Cybersecurity firm Garrison lands $30m

UK cybersecurity firm Garrison, which has developed safe web browsing technology, has secured £30 million (£22.7 million) in its latest round of funding.The investment round, led by Dawn Capital, is the company's largest raise from wholly UK-based backers and will be used to accelerate development of national security grade technology for commercial use.

Cuts to electric car grants criticised

Motoring groups have criticised a government move to cut grants for new electric and hybrid cars, branding it a "step backwards" on the road to greener transport. The RAC and AA raised concerns after the Department for Transport announced plans to change the cash incentives offered to motorists to help them to choose more environmentally friendly vehicles.

Foldable smartphones due by year’s end

Samsung aims to release a foldable smartphone before the end of the year. The foldable phone is expected to open up a new segment in the smartphone market.

MPs to grill social media firms

The Science and Technology Committee is set to investigate the impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health. The group of MPs has called a meeting for 16 October, inviting Facebook UK public policy manager Karim Palant, Google’s lead on child safety for EMEA Claire Lilley, and Twitter’s vice president of public policy and communications for EMEA Sinéad McSweeney.

Experts criticise Google for data breach cover-up

Security experts have criticised Google for failing to reveal a data breach back in March, for fear of regulatory scrutiny. At the same time Facebook was getting a grilling for harvesting personal data for Cambridge Analytica, Google discovered a bug in the Application Programming Interface (API) for the Google+ social network had been allowing third-party app developers to access the data not just of users who had granted permission, but of their friends.

Internet inventor aims to revolutionise web 2.0

The man widely regarded as having invented the internet is looking to do it all again, but this time putting you in control. Tim Berners-Lee launched inrupt late last month, which is the first iteration of the decentralised web, a concept he has been discussing for several years and working on now for several months. With partner and co-founder John Bruce - who built Resilient, a security platform bought by IBM - the startup is backed by Glasswing Ventures and built on a platform called ‘Solid’.

Morrison's argues against data breach hearing

Morrisons is due to argue against a decision to compensate employees whose personal details were exposed in a data leak at a hearing in the Court of Appeal today. The supermarket chain is contesting a High Court ruling last year that found that Morrisons staff were entitled to thousands of pounds in compensation after a disgruntled employee posted payroll data - including names, addresses, bank account details and salaries of more than 100,000 employees - online in 2014.

UK workers turning to technology for mental health

Workers in the UK are open to using a range of technologies to help look after their mental health, according to the results of a survey from Accenture.

CMA finds algorithms used for price fixing

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published the results of a study into pricing algorithms and whether they could be used to support illegal practices. Whilst there was little evidence of companies using algorithms to show personalised prices, it did find that they were sometimes used to change the order in which products are shown to shoppers.

Government backs regulatory innovation fund

The UK government has announced new fund to back projects that will ensure rules and regulations keep pace with technological advances of the future, from virtual lawyers to flying cars. Business secretary Greg Clark awarded £10 million to UK regulators to help drive forward innovation in the public sector and help it seize long-term opportunities including the growth of artificial intelligence (AI) and the future of mobility.

High court blocks privacy action against Google

The UK high court has blocked a consumer-led mass legal action against Google over claims that it harvested personal data from more than four million iPhone users.The consumer campaign group Google You Owe Us, led by the former Which? director Richard Lloyd, had been hoping to win at least £1 billion in compensation over the claims.