• Immigration exemption in data protection law faces further legal challenge

    A legal appeal to remove the UK government’s controversial “immigration exemption” from the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 18) will be heard by the Court of Appeal on 23 February 2021.

    The immigration exemption, which is found in Schedule 2 of the DPA 18, allows the Home Office and other organisations or companies involved in “immigration control” to refuse access to personal data held about individuals if it might “prejudice the maintenance of effective immigration control”.

    Digital campaigning organisation Open Rights Group (ORG) and the3million, which represents EU citizens living in the UK, previously argued to the High Court

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  • Should I be worried about MFA-bypassing pass-the-cookie attacks?

    A series of recent cyber attacks against organisations’ cloud services that exploited poor cyber hygiene practice have put security teams on high alert and raised questions over the adequacy of multi-factor authentication (MFA).

    Earlier in January, the US’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued an alert following a spate of attacks, advising users to strengthen their cloud environment configuration.

    The agency said the attacks were likely occurring due to high volumes of remote working and a mixture of corporate and personal devices being used to access cloud services.

    The malicious actors behind the attacks are using various different tactics

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  • Five key benefits of AWS, Azure and Google Cloud file storage

    File-based cloud storage is now a standard offering from Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure. Although the cloud giants’ offerings are most often associated with object storage, all three, along with suppliers such as IBM and NetApp, have developed offerings that allow businesses to use familiar hierarchical file storage in the cloud.

    File-level storage in the cloud is either a native offering built into the hyperscaler’s technology stack, a partnership with a specialist supplier such as Azure NetApp Files, or what analyst IDC describe as “overlay” file services. These use software to present the hyperscaler’s block

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  • MoD reports 18% rise in data loss incidents

    The Ministry of Defence (MoD) recorded an 18% rise in personal data loss incidents in the 12 months to 31 March 2020, with 546 incidents during the period, and seven that were formally notified to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

    The data, contained in the MoD’s annual report and analysed by the Parliament Street think tank, revealed that 454 of these incidents related to unauthorised disclosure of data, 49 to the loss of electronic equipment, devices or documents from within government premises, 19 to the loss of equipment, devices or documents from outside government premises, and one to the insecure

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  • Tech partnership to drive Finland’s quantum computing project

    Finland’s VTT Technical Research Centre has formed a strategic collaboration with tech startup IQM Group to build the country’s first quantum computer.

    The VTT-IQM co-innovation partnership aims to deliver a 50-qubit machine by 2024, drawing on international quantum technology expertise to augment Finland’s home-grown quantum capabilities.

    The partnership combines VTT’s expertise in supercomputing and networking systems with IQM’s capacity to deliver a hardware stack for a quantum computer while working with VTT to integrate critical technologies.

    The financing element of the project saw IQM launch a new series A funding round in November. The Helsinki-headquartered company raised €39m in new

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  • Nordic startups make advances in pet tech

    The Nordics have already played a prominent role in introducing the term “pet tech”, and now its startup protagonists are hoping that leads to the region shaking its “testing ground” status to become top dog of the burgeoning sector.

    The tag of being a playground to trial new applications and sub-sectors is nothing new; the region’s market size naturally lends to it being a stepping stone towards larger-scale international traction. However, when it comes to the rise of digitisation across pet ownership and management, the events of last year have accelerated these Nordic players towards the top of the international

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