• NHS Covid-19 contact-tracing app to launch in England and Wales on 24 September

    After missing its first scheduled launch in mid-May, followed by further delays due to a number of technology issues as other countries forged ahead, the NHS Covid-19 contact-tracing app is now set to launch across England and Wales on Thursday 24 September.

    Ongoing trials in Newham, on the Isle of Wight and with NHS volunteer responders are said to have shown that the app, when used alongside traditional contact-tracing methods, is highly effective in identifying contact with people who have tested positive for coronavirus.

    Following its launch, customers and visitors to businesses in England will be able to use the

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  • HMRC signs up Fujitsu for two years of user computing support

    HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has extended a desk-side IT contract with Fujitsu for two years, under a managed desktop services contract.

    Fujitsu has been an HMRC supplier since 2004, delivering critical national infrastructure (CNI) services including datacentre management, infrastructure and platform management services, cloud services, incident resolution, UK desktop support, device refreshes, and mobile managed and unified communications.

    The two-year extension to the managed desktop services contract aims to support the department’s goal to continue to deliver a professional, efficient and engaged organisation. 

    Through the agreement, Fujitsu said it would provide IT support for HMRC’s 65,000 employees, covering user

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  • Irish privacy watchdog orders Facebook to stop sending user data to the US

    Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) has sent Facebook a preliminary order to stop transferring data from the European Union (EU) to the US, signalling a potential crackdown on big tech companies’ data sharing practices.

    The suspension order was sent to Facebook in late August, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, which now has until the end of September to contest a provisional ruling that Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) cannot be used as the mechanism for EU-US data sharing.

    If it fails to comply with the order, the DPC has the power to fine Facebook up to

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