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NHS contact tracing app
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 government hopes to make the app an integral element of its plan to ease restrictions. Getting the economy back up and running appears the primary...

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 scheme on the Isle of...

Coronavirus: UK death rate passes 20,000; key worker tests run out

Key worker tests for coronavirus have run out for a second day running as the government announced the UK’s official death toll from the disease passed 20,000. The latest figures...

Government sees off Tory backbench revolt on Huawei – for now

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...

China offers to build HS2 in just 5 years for tens of billions less

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...

£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 the House of Commons he...

‘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 by leading US counterparts in...

‘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 Johnson insisted he will not...

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...

Facebook gives cameras to Met Police firearms teams to prevent live streaming of terror...

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...