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Brexit: UK will be disconnected from EU databases after 2020

The UK will be locked out of European Union databases once the Brexit transition period ends – but the UK is hoping a data adequacy decision will be adopted by the end of 2020. The Withdrawal Agreement (PDF), published late last night and testing printers across the nation this morning, runs to almost 600 pages and has led to …
Rebecca Hill, 15 Nov 2018

Six critical systems, four months to Brexit – and no completed testing

The UK's food and farming department has yet to test six critical IT systems ahead of Brexit and may have to rely on manual workarounds or "unsophisticated" tech, MPs have warned. As the UK creeps ever closer to 29 March, 2019, when it is due to leave the European Union, reports of unreadiness are rolling in thick and fast. …
Rebecca Hill, 14 Nov 2018
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Brit tech buys on ice, but CGI can't wait to get integrating all those post-Brexit systems

Systems integrator CGI has warned that British customers are starting to put their tech purchases on ice as the Brexit looms into view, but that doesn't mean it won't be able to exploit the situation. The Canadian-based outfit, which took over Logica CMG in a £1.7bn transaction in 2012, confirmed the shift in buying habits …
Paul Kunert, 8 Nov 2018
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Data flows post-Brexit: 'Leave it to government to make sure you've got a smooth run in.' Er, OK

Brexit secretary Dominic Raab has claimed businesses need to do "very little" to ensure data flows after March – despite official advice that they should start drafting new contracts in case of no deal Brexit. Speaking at a Town Hall Q&A event about Brexit and the tech industry last night in London, Raab repeatedly emphasised …
Rebecca Hill, 8 Nov 2018
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ICO poised to fine Leave campaign and Arron Banks’ insurance biz £135,000

The Information Commissioner’s Office plans to slap fines totalling £135,000 on Leave.EU and Brexiteer Arron Banks’ insurance biz Eldon for “serious” breaches of direct marketing laws. magnifying Brit privacy watchdog reports on political data harvests: We've read the lot so you don't have to READ MORE According to the ICO, …
Rebecca Hill, 6 Nov 2018

UK and EU crawling towards post-Brexit data exchange deal – reports

The UK has reportedly moved closer to agreeing the terms for data transfers with the European Union post-Brexit amid concerns about the impact it will have on business. According to The Times, citing unnamed government sources, negotiators on either side of The Channel have reached a "tentative agreement" on the exchange of …
Rebecca Hill, 1 Nov 2018

BT: We're stocking warehouses with kit ahead of Brexit to avoid shortages

BT has got Brexit licked, it told the stock market today – the former state telco said it has modelled for the worst outcome and is stockpiling products in case the UK exits with no trade deal in place and supply chains falter. Britain is due to split with the EU from 29 March and like the rest of the tech and comms industry, …
Paul Kunert, 1 Nov 2018

'BMW, Airbus and Siemens' get the Brexit spending shakes

The dial for biz tech spending growth in the UK will barely move for 2018 as businesses that are “losing patience” with the uncertainty surrounding Brexit negotiations cut their budgets, and GDP slows. stressed exec at warehouse Shortages, price rises, recession: Tech industry preps for hard Brexit READ MORE This is the …
Paul Kunert, 26 Oct 2018

SCISYS sidesteps Brexit: Proposes Irish listing to keep EU space work rolling in

As the wailing and gnashing of teeth over what will become of the UK space industry in a post-Brexit world continues, British firms are sidestepping the flapping of politicians and making their own plans. Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog Day. If you haven't seen it, it's about a man forced to endure reliving the same day …
Richard Speed, 18 Oct 2018
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Shortages, price rises, recession: Tech industry preps for hard Brexit

Canalys Channels Forum 2018 Product shortages, additional price hikes and a recession could become a reality if the UK crashes out of the European Union without any sort of trade agreement in place. This was the message that came loud and clear at this week's Canalys Channels Forum in Barcelona. Some people in the industry are getting jittery and it is …
Paul Kunert, 12 Oct 2018
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HMRC rapped as Brexit looms and customs IT release slips again

British MPs have chastised HMRC over further slippage in the tax collector's efforts to replace the UK's customs IT systems ahead of Brexit, and its lethargic attitude to preparing traders for a no-deal scenario. They are also less than impressed that the department had not better prepared for the government's "foreseeable" …
Rebecca Hill, 5 Oct 2018

UK space comes to an 'understanding' with Australia as Brexit looms

The UK and Australia have announced plans to become the best of buddies in the space field, including the UK’s current hot potato: satellite navigation. The memorandum of understanding, which was signed this week by Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, Graham Turnock, and head of the fledgling Australian Space Agency (ASA …
Richard Speed, 4 Oct 2018
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UK ruling party's conference app editable by world+dog, blabs members' digits

The UK's Conservative Party has kicked off its annual conference by exposing its MPs' phone numbers to anyone able to guess their email addresses. Party chairman Brandon Lewis was planning to sell the "interactive" app – which will allow attendees to give feedback on speeches as they happen – as evidence that the ruling party …
Rebecca Hill, 1 Oct 2018

Brexit campaigner AggregateIQ challenges UK's first GDPR notice

A Canadian data analytics firm on the receiving end of the UK's first-ever violation notice of Europe's new data privacy laws is appealing the claims against it. The GDPR notice was sent by Blighty's Information Commissioner (ICO) against AggregateIQ, an organization linked to the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal. The biz …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Sep 2018

Tech to solve post-Brexit customs woes doesn't exist yet, peers say

The UK’s post-Brexit customs arrangements have today come under even greater pressure, as peers warned the tech doesn’t exist to back up the plans. In its proclamations about future customs arrangements, the British government has repeatedly leaned on the idea that “new technology” will solve its border-related woes. But that …
Rebecca Hill, 20 Sep 2018

London tipped to lead European data market. Yes, despite Brexit!

London will remain the most important European market for data, according to a report from data centre giant Equinix – even with Brexit looming and Frankfurt catching up. The firm yesterday published its second annual Global Interconnection Index, which measures global traffic exchange, interconnection, or direct and private …
Rebecca Hill, 19 Sep 2018
staff in office frantic with paperwork isn't ready for no-deal Brexit – and 'secrecy' means businesses won't be either

The UK government has left its preparation for a no-deal Brexit too late, while secrecy around negotiations has left businesses unable to prepare, a report has said. The latest missive to slam the government’s preparedness for the UK’s departure from the European Union comes from the Institute for Government think tank. …
Rebecca Hill, 17 Sep 2018
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Euro bureaucrats tie up .eu in red tape to stop Brexit Brits snatching back their web domains

European Union bureaucrats are turning their namesake .eu top-level domain into a red-tape nightmare. Back in May, the European Commission stunned the DNS community – including the company that runs the .eu registry, EURid – by announcing it would scrap 300,000 .eu domain names owned by UK residents due to the country's …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Sep 2018

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