Week Ending: November 17th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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It’s that time of year again; where top ten tech lists and this year’s must have gadgets fill column inches.

Whilst you’ve probably been wondering whether or not it’s too early to eat a mince pie, a lot has been going on in the world of I.T. and Tech, and as always we’re here to roundup the biggest stories from the last week.

Data privacy the theme for 2018

As you’re probably aware if you are a regular reader of our blogs, May 2018 sees the implementation of European General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Positive steps are being taken alongside this to make the internet a safer place, to protect your data and to place strict regulations on how your personal information is stored and used online.

One of these steps included the ePrivacy Directive which required websites to gain the consent of individuals for the use of cookies. You’ve probably clicked ‘Got It’ once or twice whilst you’ve been browsing the web and the subsequent tailored advert bars fill up with ‘relevant’ content. However, it did much more than that, and in 2018, with the arrival of GDPR it’s going to mean changes are necessary for countless businesses.

It’s a little too complicated to cover everything in this roundup so head here to learn all about the ePrivacy Directive and what it might mean for your business.

UK industries a major target for Russian hackers

Russian hackers have been targeting the UK’s energy, telecoms and media sectors. Speaking at the Times Tech Summit in London, Ciaran Martin the head of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), believes Russia is looking to “undermine the international system” which should be seen as a “cause for concern”.

This is unwelcome news to say the least and adds to the recent claims by the Prime Minster, Theresa May that Russia have been responsible for a “sustained campaign of cyber espionage and disruption”.

It will be interesting to see how this one develops on the international stage.

£21m boost for UK digital tech sector

The UK has announced plans to invest £21m in the technology sector and with it, create a network of regional tech hubs in the Midlands, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

Tech City UK and Tech North will form a national organisation known as Tech Nation with an end goal of speeding up the growth of the UK’s digital companies and clusters.

As a result of this investment, Tech City UK will provide the opportunity for 40,000+ people to develop the skills needed to start or grow a digital business as well as offering support for up to 4,000 UK tech businesses.

Those were some of this week’s biggest stories in I.T. and tech but if you want more content, follow us across our four social media channels.