Technology

Boris Johnson has avoided his first Commons defeat after Conservative backbenchers rebelled against their government’s decision to allow Huawei a role in the UK’s 5G network. The prime minister’s 80 strong majority was cut to just 24 as 38 Tory rebel MPs voted for former Conservative party leader Iain Duncan Smith’s amendment to remove the Chinese tech-giant’s equipment from the...

China offers to build HS2 in just 5 years for tens...

The UK government is in discussions with a Chinese company who have offered to build England’s HS2 rail link for “tens of billions” less than the forecast £106 billion - and in just five years compared to the expected 15-20 years. Boris Johnson finally gave the controversial HS2 project the go-ahead this week and today’s Financial Times reports China’s offer...

£106bn HS2 gets ‘green signal’ – PM promises £5bn for buses and bikes

The prime minister has given England’s controversial high speed rail link the “green signal” despite widespread concerns from environmentalists and politicians about the £106 billion HS2 project. Boris Johnson told...

‘High risk vendor’ Huawei gets role in UK’s 5G network

The government’s decision to permit Huawei to build part of the UK’s 5G network has been immediately attacked as a major security risk. Politicians in the UK have been joined...

‘Madness’ to let Huawei provide UK’s 5G – PM asks ‘what’s the alternative?’

The prime minister has asked “what's the alternative?” after the UK government was warned by the US it would be “madness” to let Huawei develop the nation’s 5G network. Boris...

Amazon’s £440m Deliveroo deal under investigation

Amazon’s deal with Deliveroo is under a formal investigation by the competition watchdog after the companies failed to address concerns and provide concessions needed to green-light the partnership. The Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) announced the tie-up could be bad for customers, retailers and restaurants and follows Amazon’s £440 million investment in Deliveroo through a fundraising round in the company...

Facebook gives cameras to Met Police firearms teams to prevent live...

Facebook will give the Metropolitan Police cameras for their firearms teams in a bid to stop mass shootings and terror attacks being live-streamed. Scotland Yard said armed police will wear the company's cameras during training exercises and the footage will be used by Facebook to develop algorithms to recognise firearms attacks. The technology will help the tech giant alert police to...
NHS Brexit

NHS to offer patients DNA tests to predict illnesses

The NHS is to offer patients in England a ‘gene testing’ service that will predict their chances of developing a range of illnesses. They will be charged for the gene sequencing service and be expected to share their data anonymously with scientists afterwards. The gene health report will forecast their chances of developing conditions such as Alzheimer’s and cancer. Health Secretary Matt...
Security

Former GCHQ chief says Facebook could be a threat to democracy

Facebook should be ‘controlled and regulated’ or it could become a threat to democracy, a former senior intelligence boss has said. Robert Hannigan, who was head of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham, said the social media giant was incapable of reforming itself. The company wanted to ‘squeeze every drop of profit’ out of users’ data and prioritised that over protecting...
Banks

Bank customers can put a block on their own spending

Customers of a major bank can now block themselves from specific types of debit card spending with a new service. Barclays is the first high street bank to introduce the tool and said it would give customers more control over where they spend their money and offer better protection against fraud. The bank says the aim is to help financially vulnerable...