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  • US cyber security agencies get $9bn in Biden plan

    President-elect Joe Biden has proposed a $9bn (£6.6bn) funding injection to shore up the US’s cyber security capabilities, enhancing the work of the country’s Cyber Security and Information Security Agency (CISA), alongside a wider security upgrade across the federal government.

    The package, details of which can be found here, forms part of the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9tn relief package unveiled on 14 January, which also provides for Covid-19 relief, among other things. The US is the world’s worst-affected country in the pandemic, with close to 400,000 deaths at the time of writing.

    “In addition to the Covid-19 crisis,

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  • 150,000 records accidentally wiped from police systems

    UK police have lost more than 150,000 fingerprint, DNA and arrest history records after accidentally wiping them from national policing systems.

    The Home Office said in a statement that it was working with police to “assess the impact” of the glitch that occurred within the systems, and that no records of criminals or dangerous persons had been deleted.

    It said the wiped records were those of people arrested and released when no further action was taken.

    Policing minister Kit Malthouse said that “a standard housekeeping process that runs on the Police National Computer [PNC] deleted a number of records in

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  • Private LTE/5G market set to reach £4.2bn in 2024

    With early investment in the infrastructure driven by demand from mission-critical organisations, and with more spectrum being made available for enterprise uses, the inaugural forecast for the worldwide private LTE/5G infrastructure market from International Data Corporation (IDC) is predicting a boom for the dedicated architectures for enterprises until 2024.

    IDC defines a private LTE/5G infrastructure as any 3GPP-based LTE and/or 5G network deployed for a specific enterprise/industrial customer that provides dedicated access. That definition includes networks that may utilise dedicated (licensed, unlicensed, or shared) spectrum, dedicated infrastructure, and private devices embedded with unique SIM identifiers.

    IDC also sees private LTE/5G

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  • Experian calls for less bureaucratic data regulations

    A report from Experian has highlighted the importance of data standards, less cumbersome regulations and the ability to collect personally identifiable information (PII) in a way people will accept.

    “The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the enormous potential of data to help overcome some of the world’s biggest challenges, informing critical thinking and guiding decision-making,” said Jonathan Westley, chief data officer for the UK and Ireland, and Europe, the Middle East and Africa, at Experian.

    “Emerging from the crisis, data will be a vital tool for organisations to understand shifts in consumer behaviour so they can deliver services in rapidly evolving

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  • All EU states can take data protection cases against Facebook says EU court

    Data protection regulators in any European country can bring privacy complaints against Facebook, even though it regulated in Ireland, according to an opinion by the European Court of Justice.

    Advocate general, Michal Bobek, found that under Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), any of the EU’s 27 states can bring privacy actions against the social media company.

    The opinion, which is non-binding, could lead to an increase in the number of enforcement actions taken against Facebook and other companies that process personal data, if it is adopted by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

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  • BT cries foul on rivals’ coverage claims as O2, EE extend UK 5G nets

    Hot on the heels of the UK government revealing the second tranche of winning schemes in its 5G Create programme, two of the UK’s biggest mobile network operators, O2 and BT-owned EE, have announced extensions of their 5G networks. But just before the roll-out trucks roll, BT has warned consumers that some operators may be exaggerating their 5G coverage.

    O2 launched its UK 5G service in July 2019 with sites in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, London and Slough, with key locations in a further 14 towns and cities around the UK added in December that year and a further 30

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