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Amazon latest to face UK complaint over ‘bogus self-employment’ – TechCrunch

Amazon latest to face UK complaint over ‘bogus self-employment’ – TechCrunch Amazon is the latest tech giant to be targeted by a legal challenge in the UK related to gig economy working practices. The UK’s GMB Union is filing suit on behalf of couriers for three delivery companies used by Amazon — …

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UK puts legal limits on drone flight heights and airport no-fly zones – TechCrunch

UK puts legal limits on drone flight heights and airport no-fly zones – TechCrunch The UK has announced new stop-gap laws for drone operators restricting how high they can fly their craft — 400ft — and prohibiting the devices from being flown within 1km of an airport boundary. The measures will come …

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The UK and USA need to extend their “special relationship” to technology development – TechCrunch

The UK and USA need to extend their “special relationship” to technology development – TechCrunch The UK and the USA have always had an enduring bond, with diplomatic, cultural and economic ties that have remained firm for centuries. We live in an era of profound change, and are living with technologies set …

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Brexit data transfer gaps a risk for UK startups, MPs told – TechCrunch

Brexit data transfer gaps a risk for UK startups, MPs told – TechCrunch The uncertainty facing digital businesses as a result of Brexit was front and center during a committee session in the UK parliament today, with experts including the UK’s information commissioner responding to MPs’ questions about how and …

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UK mass surveillance regime dealt another blow in court – TechCrunch

UK mass surveillance regime dealt another blow in court – TechCrunch The UK government has suffered yet another defeat in the courts over a surveillance regime that critics have dubbed a ‘Snooper’s charter’. Today the UK High Court agreed with digital and civil rights group Liberty’s crowdfunded legal challenge to …

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UK report urges action to combat AI bias – TechCrunch

UK report urges action to combat AI bias – TechCrunch The need for diverse development teams and truly representational data-sets to avoid biases being baked into AI algorithms is one of the core recommendations in a lengthy committee report looking into the economic, ethical and social implications of artificial intelligence, …

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As UK fires-up private space industry, Space Camp Accelerator launches – TechCrunch

The UK government recently passed the Space Industry Bill, covering the basics like spaceflight licensing, insurance requirements and safety commitments. It didn’t make much of a splash when it was announced, but it’s a huge move for the UK as it laid the regulatory groundwork that will be needed to …

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UK data watchdog still waiting for warrant to raid Cambridge Analytica – TechCrunch

The UK’s data watchdog, the Information Commission’s Office (ICO), has still not obtained a warrant to enter and search the servers of the London-based political consultancy, Cambridge Analytica — the company at the center of the data misuse scandal engulfing Facebook — three days on from beginning the process. The …

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UK accuses Russia of 2017’s NotPetya ransomware attacks

The UK government has directly accused Russia of being behind the so called NotPetya ransomware attack last year — which quickly spread around the globe, including affecting businesses in Spain, France and India, demanding payment in Bitcoin to unlock infected machines. The malware initially appeared targeted at Ukrainian networks. “We have …

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UK outs extremism blocking tool and could force tech firms to use it

The UK government’s pressure on tech giants to do more about online extremism just got weaponized. The Home Secretary has today announced a machine learning tool, developed with public money by a local AI firm, which the government says can automatically detect propaganda produced by the Islamic State terror group …

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