• US maintains ban on Chinese tech firms as Huawei, ZTE make 5G leaps

    Chinese technology suppliers such as Huawei and ZTE have encountered contrasting fortunes from the US and German authorities regarding the usage of their technologies.

    US president Donald Trump has extended an executive order signed a year ago that effectively banned US companies from using telecommunications equipment made by firms said to pose a national security risk, in effect companies such as Huawei and ZTE.

    While not naming specific companies or territories, the initial ban aimed to “protect America from foreign adversaries who are actively and increasingly creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in information and communications technology infrastructure and services”.

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  • Trend Watch – business response to coronavirus

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    May 2020

    CW APAC: Trend Watch – business response to coronavirus

    With countries the world over reeling from the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, which has meant sweeping changes both economically and socially, Computer Weekly looks at how firms in the Asia-Pacific region have adapted to what has so quickly become the new normal.

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  • Harman seeks to bring private member’s bill over contact tracing

    Labour MP Harriet Harman, head of the parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, is seeking permission to introduce the committee’s proposed Contact Tracing (Data Protection) Bill before parliament as a private member’s bill, should it not be adopted by the government.

    The proposed bill addresses a number of concerns around the implications on human rights of the UK’s contact-tracing app, which is currently undergoing beta tests on the Isle of Wight ahead of a national roll-out.

    “We cannot rely on the current, failed, mishmash of protections that were never envisaged for this situation. We need new legislation,” said Harman. “Government

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