GDPR authors set out new rules for children's privacy

15 April 2019

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has unveiled new guidelines for online services aimed at protecting minors online.

The new document, Age appropriate design: a code of practice for online services, sets out 16 ‘standards’ for age-appropriate design.

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Ofcom: customers can walk out on slow broadband contracts

05 March 2019

Evan Dixon, Viasat

Evan Dixon, Viasat

Enterprises can walk out on slow broadband contracts following new rules from Ofcom.

The watchdog's new protections will mean broadband providers have to be more honest and give customers a minimum guaranteed speed at the point of sale.

If their service fails to meet the promised level, firms will then have a month to improve performance or face the customer walking out of their contract without a financial penalty. 

Evan Dixon, managing director, Viasat Europe, said the new rules mark the start of a new era for broadband service speed, designed to make contracts more clear and honest and hold ISPs to their promise.

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DEFRA gives £1.8m broadband aid for Suffolk enterprises

05 March 2019

Matthew Hicks

Matthew Hicks

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has released £1.8m to help improve “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) coverage for enterprises in rural parts of Suffolk. 

The cash injection is expected to result in a further 550 business premises being covered. Currently, the existing £64m state aid-supported Better Broadband for Suffolk (BBS) project with BT’s Openreach has already achieved 93%+ coverage of superfast ISP networks - up from just 50% in 2013. The aim is to aim to reach 98% coverage by the end of next year.

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GCHQ on female recruitment drive

25 February 2019

GCHQ

GCHQ

Britain's cyber spy headquarters GCHQ has launched an all-female training course in a bid to recruit women spies and redress the gender imbalance in the intelligence community.

Based in Cheltenham, GCHQ said classes for  teenagers held across Britain in cyber-skills and intelligence will help to recruit more diversified agents.

 

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