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Russian cyber threat pushes UK to sign world’s largest digital security pact 

Theresa May will strengthen the UK’s digital defences through a £15m online security pact with Commonwealth allies amid warnings over the growing threat of cyber warfare from Russia.

Leaders from the 53-nation bloc are expected to sign the world’s largest cyber declaration, pledging to join forces to combat criminals and hostile actors engaged in potentially devastating cyber attacks, and to support smaller nations to raise their security standards by 2020.

Source: Russian cyber threat pushes UK to sign world’s largest digital security pact | The Independent

Cambridge Analytica scandal ‘highlights need for AI regulation’

Britain needs to lead the way on artificial intelligence regulation, in order to prevent companies such as Cambridge Analytica setting precedents for dangerous and unethical use of the technology, the head of the House of Lords select committee on AI has warned.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal, Lord Clement-Jones said, reinforced the committee’s findings, released on Monday in the report “AI in the UK: ready, willing and able?”

Source: Cambridge Analytica scandal ‘highlights need for AI regulation’ | Technology | The Guardian

UK’s DPA releases data protection self assessment tool

The ICO’s data protection self assessment toolkit helps you assess your organisation’s compliance with data protection law and helps you find out what you need to do to make sure you are keeping people’s personal data secure.

The toolkit is made up of a number of checklists which cover data protection assurance, how to get ready for the General Data Protection Regulation, information and cyber security, direct marketing in line with the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulation (PECR), records management, data sharing and subject access, and CCTV.The data protection toolkit is suitable for all businesses and will be particularly helpful to small to medium enterprises.

Source: Data protection self assessment | ICO

GDPR no excuse for not meeting AML duties

Gambling operators will be able to meet their licensing obligations on problem gambling and anti-money laundering (AML) without breaching the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Gambling Commission has said.

In a new note issued to businesses in the British gambling market, the regulator acknowledged that some operators have concerns that the new data protection rules, which will apply from 25 May, will hamper their ability to meet their licensing duties. However, it said it would “not accept licensees simply stating that GDPR means that they are unable to comply with an aspect of gambling regulation”.

Source: GDPR no excuse for not meeting gambling licensing duties, says regulator

GDPR: UK watchdog promises ‘proportionate and pragmatic’ enforcement

The UK’s information commissioner has promised to use new powers to issue “hefty fines” for breaches of data protection law sparingly.

From 25 May, Elizabeth Denham will have the power to issue fines of up to 4% of a business’ annual global turnover, or €20 million, whichever is highest, where they are responsible for certain breaches of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Other types of breaches could attract fines of up to 2% of annual global turnover, or €10m.

Source: GDPR: UK watchdog promises ‘proportionate and pragmatic’ enforcement

EU urged to act over social media and fake news

British commissioner wants more transparency and limits on harvesting data for political ends.

A senior EU official has called for action against internet companies that harvest personal data, as Brussels prepares to move against those spreading “fake news” following the Cambridge Analytica revelations.

Source: EU urged to act over social media and fake news | Technology | The Guardian

Managing the practicalities of GDPR: firms’ challenges

As the go-live date for the General Data Protection Regulation draws ever closer, firms across the U.K. and Europe are hastily acting to put all necessary provisions in place by delving into the minutia of their operational processes.

It is clear that U.K.-based legal and insurance firms are facing an extensive and diverse range of challenges when trying to implement the necessary controls. Here, we look at some of those challenges.

Source: Managing the practicalities of GDPR: firms’ challenges

Advertising Association calls for ‘deep alignment’ of European data protection post-Brexit

The Advertising Association has unfurled its colours to the mast of continued ‘deep alignment’ between the UK and Europe on data protection once Britain departs the continental club.

In a statement the AA called on the European Commission to “secure a new and positive relationship between the EU and UK following Brexit that will recognise the UK’s deep alignment with the EU on data protection policy”.

Source: Advertising Association calls for ‘deep alignment’ of European data protection post-Brexit | The Drum

Cambridge Analytica parent company had access to secret MoD information

SCL, Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, had access to secret UK information and was singled out for praise by the UK Ministry of Defence for the training it provided to a psychological operations warfare group, according to documents released by MPs.

An endorsement from an official at the 15 UK Psychological Operations Group dated January 2012 concluded that they would “have no hesitation in inviting SCL to tender for further contracts of this nature”.

Source: Cambridge Analytica parent company had access to secret MoD information | UK news | The Guardian

Businesses face three month delay to ‘high risk’ data processing

Businesses could be forced to put major new technology projects on hold for more than three months if they trigger a duty to consult with the UK’s data protection authority on their plans to process personal data.

Organisations intending to use new technologies that involve the processing of personal data will be expected to carry out data protection impact assessments (DPIAs) before deploying those technologies under the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), according to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Source: Businesses face three month delay to ‘high risk’ data processing

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