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UK drone register takes off

UK drone register takes off A UK drone registration scheme has opened ahead of the deadline for owners to register their devices coming into force at the end of this month. The UK government announced its intention to introduce a drone registration scheme two years ago. The rules apply to drones or […]

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Alexa, where are the legal limits on what Amazon can do with my health data?

Alexa, where are the legal limits on what Amazon can do with my health data? The contract between the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and ecommerce giant Amazon — for a health information licensing partnership involving its Alexa voice AI — has been released following a Freedom of Information request. The government […]

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British parliament presses Facebook on letting politicians lie in ads

British parliament presses Facebook on letting politicians lie in ads In yet another letter seeking to pry accountability from Facebook, the chair of a British parliamentary committee has pressed the company over its decision to adopt a policy on political ad that supports flagrant lying. In the letter Damian Collins, chair of […]

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UK quietly ditches porn age checks in favor of wider online harms rules

UK quietly ditches porn age checks in favor of wider online harms rules A controversial UK government scheme to introduce mandatary age checks for accessing online pornography has been dropped — for now. Introduction of the measure, which was intended to protect children from accessing inappropriate content online, had already been delayed […]

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Loot boxes in games are gambling and should be banned for kids, say UK MPs

Loot boxes in games are gambling and should be banned for kids, say UK MPs UK MPs have called for the government to regulate the games industry’s use of loot boxes under current gambling legislation — urging a blanket ban on the sale of loot boxes to players who are children. Kids […]

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UK to toughen telecoms security controls to shrink 5G risks

UK to toughen telecoms security controls to shrink 5G risks Amid ongoing concerns about security risks posed by the involvement of Chinese tech giant Huawei in 5G supply, the UK government has published a review of the telecoms supply chain which concludes that policy and regulation in enforcing network security needs to […]

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Negative? How a Navy veteran refused to accept a ‘no’ to his battery invention

Negative? How a Navy veteran refused to accept a ‘no’ to his battery invention Decades ago, a young naval engineer on a British nuclear submarine started taking an interest in the electric batteries helping to run his vessel. Silently running under the frozen polar ice-cap during the Cold War, little did this […]

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UK law review eyes abusive trends like deepfaked porn and cyber flashing

UK law review eyes abusive trends like deepfaked porn and cyber flashing The UK government has announced the next phase of a review of the law around the making and sharing of non-consensual intimate images, with ministers saying they want to ensure it keeps pace with evolving digital tech trends. The review […]

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UK age checks for online porn delayed after bureaucratic cock-up

UK age checks for online porn delayed after bureaucratic cock-up The UK government has delayed the introduction of mandatory age verification for accessing online pornography — blaming an administrative cock-up. The controversial scheme had been due to launch on July 15, after an earlier implementation date also came and went. Although in […]

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UK carriers warn over ongoing Huawei 5G uncertainty: Report

UK carriers warn over ongoing Huawei 5G uncertainty: Report UK mobile network operators have drafted a letter urging the government for greater clarity on Chinese tech giant Huawei’s involvement in domestic 5G infrastructure, according to a report by the BBC. Huawei remains under a cloud of security suspicion attached to its relationship […]

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