Trump bans Chinese apps WeChat and TikTok over data collection and national security concerns

The Trump administration targeted WeChat and TikTok on Thursday by announcing executive orders banning US transactions with Chinese owners Tencent Holdings Ltd and ByteDance, Reuters has reported. The executive orders become effective 45 days from Thursday’s announcement. Tencent’s messaging app WeChat and ByteDance’s video-sharing platform TikTok were dubbed “significant threats” by the US government earlier […]

National Cyber Security Centre appoints new CEO

Lindy Cameron has been announced as the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre new CEO, taking over from NCSC founder Ciaran Martin. Currently in post at the Northern Ireland Office, Cameron was previously Director-General for the Department for International Development’s programmes in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. On assuming the NCSC role in October 2020, Cameron’s […]

New report reveals cyber security flaws in UK universities

More than half of UK universities have reported at least one data breach to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) over the last year, according to a report from managed security services provider Redscan. According to 86 respondents of 134 UK universities approached by Redscan for Freedom of Information requests in March 2020, there were two […]

Facebook sues EU over ‘exceptionally broad’ data requests in competition investigations

Facebook is taking EU competition authorities to court over data requests in two ongoing European Commission investigations into the company which, Facebook contends, are excessive. In a statement reported by Reuters on 27 July, Facebook associate general counsel Tim Lamb said: “The exceptionally broad nature of the Commission’s requests means we would be required to […]

Action is required, says member of Lords Select Committee on Democracy and Digital Technologies

“The pace of change, the velocity of what’s happening – we need to really get far more of a grip and understand how to legislate and regulate in a world where things can go global in a fraction of a second,” says Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE, a member of the House of Lords Select […]