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Editor’s choice of ICT items of note:

Councils awarded £800,000 to build on digital advances made during pandemic

Virtual interviews: top tips for success

Cyber innovators set on fast track to success

HM Land Registry backs innovation and transparency with new data releases

NCSC announces Lindy Cameron as new CEO

Diversity and inclusion in cyber security workforce revealed for the first time

Broadband customers to save millions following Ofcom review

PayPal account holders warned about phishing

Workshop on Consumer IoT Regulation - DCMS Call for Views

Drink Drive Rehabilitation scheme to resume online

Global tech industry seeks certainty on EU-US cross-border data flows

 

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Editor’s choice of Health, Social Care & Homelessness related items of note:

NHS Confederation - Obesity strategy is welcome alongside support for NHS

NHS Digital director nominated for British Ex-Forces In Business Award

Austerity ‘ripped resilience out of health and care service’ before Covid-19 crisis hit, says IPPR

Adam Smith Inst - Britain faces mental health crisis post-pandemic, novel psilocybin treatments needed

NHS Confederation - Replacing national requirement for patients to self-isolate before elective care with local flexibility welcomed

Time to open up our health system to “disruptive innovation,” says new IEA publication

LGA - One year on from PM's pledge: social care needs a reset

Pharmacy: Delivering a Healthier Wales Delivery Board appoints new members

StreetLink partners with Sainsbury’s to increase support for people sleeping rough

#EveryoneInForGood – researching the impact on rough sleepers
 
Editor’s choice of Business / Commercial items of note:

Corporate and business support services news round-up July 2020

More flexible hours during Covid should become new normal for all kinds of work, says IPPR

Government to cut red tape for farmers as they plan for 2021

CBI NI responds to York Street Interchange external inquiry

Retail sales stabilise but non-essential retailers continue to struggle - CBI

CBI Wales responds to £40m jobs and skills recovery package

Applications open for £50 million funding to boost UK customs intermediaries

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

SFO charges GPT and three individuals following corruption investigation

LGA - Vast majority of councils say sector-led improvement is right approach

Safety at work

127 new employers awarded for supporting the armed forces community

UK Finance reveals ten Covid-19 scams the public should be on high alert for

UK Statement to the WTO Dispute Settlement Body on Appellate Body Appointments

New rules on gatherings in some parts of Northern England

Ofgem proposals to ‘turn your street green’, transforming local electricity networks

Ofgem “continues to take the right steps” to fix energy price controls, says Citizens Advice

Securing the future of Wales’ culture sector

More than 4,000 extra police officers to fight crime as recruitment continues

Substantial reform of Universal Credit needed to protect the most vulnerable

LGA - 1,400 per cent increase in child modern slavery referrals made by councils
 
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 More contributions to the Brexit process

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

Researched Links:

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Latest Documents

GOV.UK Brexit Search

Environment needs not be stumbling block in UK–EU agreement

Non-tariff barriers require urgent consideration in the UK-EU negotiations

 
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Data protection and coronavirus information hub
Our information hub will help individuals and organisations navigate data protection during this unprecedented time. 

ICO regulatory sandbox
The first reports from participants in our regulatory sandbox have been published, revealing the outcomes of collaborations between the ICO and two of the organisations who were among the participants in the pilot phase of the scheme.

ICO launches guidance on AI and data protection
Simon McDougall, Deputy Commissioner - Regulatory Innovation and Technology, discusses the relationship between AI and data protection as the ICO publishes new AI guidance.

Updated ICO statement on the judgment of the European Court of Justice in the Schrems II case.
Anyone transferring personal data internationally will have been watching the recent judgment of the CJEU with some trepidation.


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