Technology

The UK’s domestic intelligence agency, MI5 is joining Instagram in what is being described as the latest step by Britain’s spy agencies to the step out of the shadows. From today (April 22) users of the social networking site can follow the secret service via @mi5official with the platform being used for online Q&As with agents and intelligence officers as...

US threatens UK with 25% tariff hike in digital tech tax...

The US is threatening to impose up to 25% tariffs on UK exports as retaliation in a row over a digital services tax that has hit US tech giants like Amazon, Google and Facebook. UK companies exporting ceramics, overcoats, games...

Johnson breaks election pledge with UK military cut backs – but PM gets another...

Boris Johnson has broken another election promise with today’s announcement of the five year defence review confirming cutbacks to the British army, navy and air force as the British...

1.8m children need devices for remote learning – ‘alternative is unacceptable’ says Children’s Commissioner

Almost two million children in the UK do not have access to a laptop, desktop computer or tablet at home, with warnings that the digital divide will lead to...

Schools and companies tell staff to turn off NHS Covid-19 app at work

Teachers have been told to turn off or delete the NHS Covid-19 app by some school bosses worried about disruption and staff shortages. It follows reports that pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline...

NHS contact tracing app due as Covid-19 rules prove more divisive than Brexit

Coronavirus rules and restrictions are proving even more divisive than Brexit in Britain, according to a poll of 10,000 people carried out across the UK. Demos has found that animosity between people who stick to...

TikTok’s new HQ in UK at risk as talks with government breakdown

Tiktok’s plans to base its international headquarters in the UK are in doubt after the Chinese social-media giant pulled back from talks with the government. ByteDance – the parent company of the video sharing app...

Huawei stripped from UK’s 5G network

The UK’s culture secretary has announced that Chinese company Huawei will be stripped completely from the UK’s 5G network by 2027 – just six months after the government confirmed the firm would play a...
NHS contact tracing app

NHS contact tracing app – Amnesty raises privacy concerns at NI Executive

With the NHS contact tracing app pilot scheme well underway on the Isle of Wight, civil liberty groups remain concerned about privacy violations. Although uptake may be as low as 20 per cent, the...

An app to end lockdown? Pilot study starts on island

The health secretary has announced the launch of a contact tracing app for the coronavirus to help the country “get back on its feet.” Matt Hancock said there has been “huge enthusiasm” for the pilot...