The 21st of June 2017 saw UK’s Queen Elizabeth give what is generally known as ‘The Queen’s Speech’ in which Her Majesty gave some insights into just how seriously the UK government is taking issues of online privacy and data protection.
Overhaul of UK data protection law to align with the EU GDPR necessary for free data flow but adequacy questions remain unanswered as GDPR deadline looms.
Democracy is at risk from companies like Facebook that behave like digital gangsters. And, in fact, there are many similarities between Facebook’s behavior and recent violations and the way that “traditional gangsters” act.
Huawei has made “no material progress” on addressing Huawei cybersecurity flaws discovered a year ago. Recent HCSEC study shows Huawei cybersecurity practices are untrustworthy and present high risk to the UK for large 5G network build-outs.
Put to the test, more than 50 U.K. universities were found to be very vulnerable to cyber attacks. Jisc's team of penetration testers were able to breach defenses in one to two hours with a 100% breach rate.
U.S. push for COPPA update and UK publication of 16-point draft code of practice for children’s privacy show a move towards stronger data protection laws against tracking and monitoring of children.
Connected devices will soon be subject to new IoT security laws, with California taking the lead and requiring devices to have “reasonable security features” and U.K. draft law requires devices to have cyber security features labeled on package.
Tech companies and civic organizations signed an open letter to stop GCHQ proposal to insert government or law enforcement officials into encrypted chats.
Under the new treaty between U.S. and UK, social media companies could be forced to open encryption backdoor for law enforcement officials to read the messages from criminals, terrorists and pedophiles.
UK data protection watchdog argues that personal data has monetary value and wants powers to seize assets for criminal cases, including data, under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA).