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Week Ending: April 20th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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The UK was caught somewhat off guard this week with some long-awaiting sunshine. Although weather forecasts told us to be prepared for warmer temperatures, sceptical Brits still turned up to work in coats and jackets, quickly regretting the decision – will we ever learn? In the I.T. and tech world the news has been cybersecurity-heavy so, as always, we’ve picked out some of the key stories you may have missed.

NHS failing to tackle cybersecurity issue

MPs have criticised the NHS this week believing that the health service has not taken sufficient measures to protect against hacking a year on from the largescale WannaCry breach.

Recent tension between the UK and Russia has meant that the UK is on alert for the next cyberattack, which many believe will be more sophisticated and malicious than those before it. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) feels that the NHS has not been efficient in boosting security and preparing for what may come next.

It is alarming that, nearly a year on from WannaCry, plans to implement the lessons learned are still to be agreed.

Meg Hillier, PAC chairwoman

Read more on this story via The Telegraph.

Tech giants sign cybersecurity charter

Tech giants have recently signed a joint security charter to defend themselves from cyberattacks. This past Tuesday, Microsoft joined the likes of Facebook, Nokia and Claritas’ partners Symantec to finalise the Cybersecurity Tech Accord – a collaborative agreement which aims to tackle cybercrime.

The primary objective of this charter is to build stronger defences against the ever developing cyber -threat. Microsoft explained that the firms will collaborate to "oppose efforts to misuse, tamper with or exploit" their products and services. They stated that they will "increase cybersecurity capacity in every sector and region" alongside encouraging developers, consumers and businesses to "better protect themselves."

Facebook could be making changes to decrease legal liabilities

Facebook may currently be working on a change which will decrease its legal liabilities under GDPR. An edit to the company’s T&Cs next month will mean all non-EU international users’ data will be processed by Facebook USA rather than Facebook Ireland.

This switch ensures that when GDPR is implemented on May 25th, the privacy protections it brings with it will not cover the ~1.5BN+ international Facebook users who are not EU citizens. The USA does not currently have a data protection framework on the same scale of GDPR, suggesting that the social media giant is making moves to protect itself. You can read more on this topic via Techcrunch here.


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