The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has launched an online cyber security self-assessment service to help UK small market enterprises (SMEs) do business safely online. The NCSC says the tool, called the Cyber Action Plan, provides advice tailored to businesses individual circumstances from UK cyber security experts.
TikTok has agreed to pay a $92 million settlement in response to a case accusing it of misusing consumers' data using artificial intelligence (AI). The video-sharing social networking service denied all allegations but claimed it wanted to avoid a court case.
Social enterprise Code First Girls has agreed corporate partnerships with companies including Rolls Royce’s R2 Data Labs, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Aviva, BT and Dell Technologies aimed at closing the gender gap in technology. The partnerships will see Code First Girls provide up to £10,000 of free education to every woman undertaking a course.
£480 million could be reimbursed to more than 29 million mobile phone owners if legal action against tech giant Qualcomm is successful. Qualcomm is a global manufacturer of chipsets and owner of patents, used in a range of products including certain smartphones, to enable these products to connect to 4G networks.
The NHS is facing legal action from media platform openDemocracy over its contract with US data analytics firm Palantir. The case involves Palantir’s involvement in the analysis of public health data and includes allegations that Palantir lobbied a senior NHS official over watermelon cocktails valued at £60.
Technology giant Microsoft has announced the launch of its new cloud platform for the financial services market. Microsoft Cloud for Financial Services integrates existing and new capabilities in Microsoft 365, Azure, Dynamics 365, and Microsoft Power Platform.
A highly anticipated law that forces technology companies to pay for media content has finaly been passed in Australia. The news comes days after Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg held negotiations with the Australian government, which ultimately resulted in the amendment of the law.
The Irish Data Protection Commision (DPC) has warned that businesses could face significant disruption to transatlantic data flows because of a 2020 EU court ruling. In July Europe’s highest court decided that an EU to US data transfer agreement was invalid because of concerns about the US surveillance regime not respecting the privacy rights of citizens in the European bloc, according to a report by Reuters.
Facebook has today announced it will spend $1 billion on the news industry over the next three years. The move comes less than a week after the social media giant blocked Australian users from accessing news on the site over a new law that forces tech companies to pay for media content.
A new ruling from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) could have major implications for how data is transferred around the world. On 16 July, the Data Protection Commissioner vs Facebook Ireland case was ruled upon, following up on the ECJ’s 2015 ruling in Maximillian Schrems vs Data Protection Commissioner, in which it invalidated the adequacy decision underlying the EU-US Safe Harbour arrangement.
Many were prepared for a cyber onslaught, while ill-equipped businesses fell victim when the COVID-19 hit. Alexandra Leonards explores how the pandemic drove cyber-crime and looks at the UK response to the rise in online attacks. The disruption of an atmosphere of crisis and an influx of workers into home offices has created an online haven for cyber criminals.
With many more people using apps and websites on a daily basis since the pandemic took hold, it has never been more crucial to make sure consumers are safe when logging in to use products and services. With that in mind, National Technology News editor Peter Walker had a chat to Andrew Shikiar, the executive director and chief marketing officer of FIDO Alliance about the work that’s being done to unite companies and industries around one common standard for cyber security.
Paying too much attention to fake videos could undermine the notion of truth when it comes to online content. Alexandra Leonards explores the dangers of perception, the rise of ‘shallowfakes,’ and discovers how to tackle deepfakes while they’re still in their infancy.