Editor’s choice of ICT items of note:

How to better exploit data in projects

China's tech landscape

Deplatforming Trump Puts Big Tech Under Fresh Scrutiny

Blog: Maintaining data flows for a digital world

techUK Signs Multi-Industry Statement on Cross-Border Data Transfers and Data Localization in WTO Negotiations on E-Commerce

My experience of joining Digital and Technology during the pandemic

Yes, there’s a digital skills crisis in the UK, but we can solve it!

UKRI publish new report 'Transforming our world with AI'

NCA in international takedown of notorious malware Emotet

Electronic Communications Code: consultation on changes

The inevitable and inexorable rise in the levels of remote and home working during the current pandemic is placing extraordinary pressure on every public sector organisation’s cybersecurity. And wherever there is upheaval, so cyber criminals thrive. 
Government protective markings or classification systems are designed to help determine, and indicate to others, the levels of protection required to prevent the compromise of valuable or sensitive information. The markings signal quickly and unambiguously, the value of data and the level of protection it requires.

Download this latest guide, which examines the UK classification policy and looks at how data classification and data loss prevention software can help secure sensitive data in the public sector.
Editor’s choice of Health, Social Care & Homelessness related items of note:

Finding new ways to provide gender-informed support

Social care funding report debated in House of Lords

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust overcome COVID-19 communication challenge using our Technology Products and Associated Services framework

ICO response to Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology’s (POST) on AI in healthcare

CQC launch proposals for more flexible and responsive regulation – we want to hear your views

NHS Confederation - CQC consultation key opportunity to realign regulatory structures

Tougher border controls to protect public health

NHS Confederation - More to do to support children and young people’s mental health as impact of pandemic develops

Digital Capability for Health is now live

NHS staff deliver COVID jabs from more than 1,400 sites

Editor’s choice of Business / Commercial items of note:

Climate change and projects: how can we stay on track for net zero?

No Self Assessment late filing penalty for those who file online by 28 February

Exports of Scottish food and drink grow

January blues for retailers as sales volumes fall - CBI

CIPD - Unemployment continues its ominous ascent but is kept in check for now by the furlough scheme

SMEs across UK voice support for easier transatlantic trade

Extend job retention support to end of year before unemployment surges, says TUC

More financial support for businesses

Scotland’s Vision for Trade

Sustainability agreements: CMA issues information for businesses

Editor’s choice of Policy & General items of note:

Latest findings from COVID-19 study published: January 2021

Ofgem protects customers of failed suppliers Green Network Energy and Simplicity Energy

Attack of the clone firms: over £78 million stolen in 'clone' firm investment scams

Lancashire man charged in £100k ‘criminal cash’ smuggling investigation

LGA responds to Children’s Commissioner’s annual report on children’s mental health

Outer London sees 22 per cent rise in cycling as new data shows vital role in active travel

£6.5m flooding support for Welsh communities

Prometheus Insurance Company Ltd has failed

Ombudsman’s calls for more transparency over free nursery place ‘charges’

Poland’s Decisive Role in Cracking Enigma and Transforming the UK’s SIGINT Operations

CBI responds to latest Government announcements on Covid

Citizens Advice - More than one in six struggling to afford broadband

SME Supplier Locator update...

UK Government and public sector spend with SME’s is continually on the increase and by 2020, it is the stated intent of Cabinet Office that £1 of every £3 spent on government contracts goes to SME’s. 

Against this ambitious backdrop, the WiredGov Supplier Locator service has been developed specifically to embrace the SME Agenda and provide the ideal platform for SME’s to promote their services, solutions, accreditation and success stories directly to our ever increasing audience across all government and public sector verticals and Tier 1 suppliers.

Recent arrivals to the SME Supplier Locator service include:

Click here to find out more.

Streetscape Products & Services Ltd

 More contributions to the Brexit process

Still a ‘hot topic’, with widely spread views:

Researched Links:

GOV. UK – Brexit

Latest Documents

GOV.UK Brexit Search

Brexit taskforce meets to ensure businesses get the support they need

Please choose from the links below to view individual sections of interest:

Find out about your obligations and how to comply, including protecting personal information and providing access to official information.


Information Commissioner looks ahead to 2021
While January is always a month for looking ahead, it feels like no discussions of plans for 2021, professionally or personally, are possible without the mention of lockdown, vaccinations or talk of when ‘all this is finished’.

ICO Technology team strengthened with new appointment
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is pleased to announce that a new Director of Technology and Innovation has been appointed.

ICO launches fourth and final phase of privacy innovation grants programme
Applications are now open for the fourth and final round of funding for the Information Commissioner’s Office’s (ICO) current grants programme. The ICO committed to run the grants programme until 2021 and work is ongoing this year to review and report on its progress.

Fines totalling £480,000 issued to companies making nuisance calls
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued fines totalling £480,000 to four separate companies for making unlawful calls to numbers registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS).

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