Tech became ‘darker and more muddy’ in 2018 says EU commissioner

Data abuse has “darkened” technology’s potential, the EU’s Competition Commissioner has warned. In an interview for the BBC’s Today programme, Margrethe Vestager criticised the tech giants for misusing data and failing to respect citizens’ rights. New EU rules governing what could be done with data provided some protection, she said. But she added that the […]

Gartner says four in five legal departments unprepared for digitalisation

Eight in 10 corporate legal departments are unprepared to support their organizations’ digital initiatives, according to Gartner, Inc. “Digital ready” legal departments — those properly prepared and positioned to support digital business efforts — can increase on-time digital project delivery by 63 percent and increase the number of digital projects with appropriate risk management measures […]

More than one in three field sales representatives feel hindered by technology

Over a third (38%) of UK field sales reps believe technology is “more of a hinderance than a help”, according to new research from cloud-based mobile sales software provider Skynamo. This hindrance is creating technophobia in the sales environment, fuelled by the bad experiences reps have had using the tools deployed by their organisation. 18% state […]

Sports Direct owner Ashley calls for online tax to save the high street

Mike Ashley has called for a new tax on online retailers to help revive ailing town centres. The Sports Direct owner told MPs that the “internet is killing the High Street”. His answer is taxing all retailers that make more than 20% of their turnover online – and not just online-only operators. Mr Ashley said […]

Massive Marriott hack hits half a billion customers

The records of 500 million customers of the hotel group Marriott International have been involved in a data breach. The hotel chain said the guest reservation database of its Starwood division had been compromised by an unauthorised party. It said an internal investigation found an attacker had been able to access the Starwood network since […]

ICO hands out it’s first ever prosecution under the computer misuse act

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has handed out its first-ever prosecution under the Computer Misuse Act by awarding a six-month prison sentence to a motor industry employee who collected personal information of thousands of citizens without obtaining prior consent. Earlier this year, London-based law firm Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP revealed that even though the UK […]

Professional GIG economy booms as war for digital talent intensifies

More than one in four UK businesses plan to hire temporary or contract staff in the next twelve months, as digitalisation and a lack of available talent creates critical skills gaps in the workplace, according to the Robert Half 2019 Salary Guide. Technology is reshaping businesses; two in five UK organisations (38%) consider digitalisation to […]

Top banks being tested in cyber attack war game

The Bank of England is testing the UK’s ability to withstand a major cyber-attack on financial institutions. Some 40 firms, including leading banks, are taking part in a one-day “war-gaming” exercise designed to assess their resilience. The Bank is conducting the exercise on Friday in partnership with regulators and the Treasury. It wants to ensure […]