Country’s Ministry of Justice and Security to experiment with online process for informing criminal suspects of relevant laws and options
Budget 2017’s focus on innovation and technology welcomed, but industry calls for ambition to be matched by action
Tech companies have welcomed the focus on innovation and IT skills in yesterday’s Spring Budget, but called for the government to follow up its ambition with targeted actions.
The government has published its long-awaited Digital Strategy, which sets out plans to increase digital inclusion, data skills and industry links.
The government has been urged to focus on speeding up move to digital healthcare records amid accusations that the NHS covered up the loss of more than half a million pieces of confidential patient data over five years.
The government’s long-awaited Digital Strategy is expected to include £17m for artificial intelligence, a review of AI technologies and support for smart devices, cyber security and autonomous vehicles.
The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre has chosen Office 365 for its office productivity platform.
Global leaders have been urged to ensure that data protection and cyber security measures still encourage innovation in the tech sector, ahead of this year’s G20 summit.
There were 7.4 million people using a digital personal tax account by the end of 2016 – 400,000 more than its initial target – according to HMRC’s quarterly performance figures.
The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre has revealed how it built its new IT systems using an agile approach, saying that waterfall “was never going to bring this job in on time”.
HMRC is advertising for a director to lead its data strategy and help personalise customers’ interactions with services, as the tax authority reveals more details of its behavioural insights work.
The Ministry of Justice is pushing ahead with plans that will allow people to plead guilty online and immediately pay a standard fine for certain offences.
The government’s transformation strategy has set out plans to fix back-end systems, boost the use of data and encourage culture change within Whitehall.
The number of reported data security incidents in the last three months of 2016 fell 21% compared with the previous quarter, according to figures released this month.
The Ministry of Defence has launched a competition for small businesses to develop new ways of using data to improve decision-making as part of efforts to increase its data analytics abilities.
The government’s Common Technology Services team has set out which shared services civil servants moving to Whitehall’s new government hubs can expect.
The government has taken too long to consolidate and coordinate the “alphabet soup” of cyber security agencies and faces “a real struggle” to find staff with the right skills to tackle threats, MPs have said.
In a post-Brexit world, says David Walker, caution may be the best digital strategy civil servants can hope for.
Password managers may offer advantages in the short-term, but password-based authentication has “outstayed its welcome”, the National Cyber Security Centre has said.
A government document has revealed the patient information sharing agreements between NHS Digital and the Home Office, while data shows that more than 8,000 requests were made in 2016.
The government’s industrial strategy has emphasised the importance of data-sharing by Whitehall, as well as a push to improve digital skills training and boost funding for technologies like robotics and 5G.
MPs have called on the Home Office to step up its contingency planning in case a new emergency communications system for the police, fire and ambulance services is not ready in time for its planned December 2019 switch-on.
Robert Hannigan has resigned as director of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) surveillance agency after just two years in the job.