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It's been a busy two weeks for tech – the Government has revealed how it intends to use a new Data Protection Bill to implement GDPR, the Home Secretary has commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee to examine the impact of EU migration on the UK, and the Government will launch a new fund to back UK startups. Meanwhile, techUK abolishes all-male panels at major events as part of our drive to ensure greater gender diversity in tech. Get your fill of tech policy news and see you in two weeks.

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Top Tech Policy News

Government announces major reforms to data protection rules (Gov.uk)
Data Protection Bill to align UK with incoming EU rules – an essential step to maintaining international data flows post-Brexit. Check out techUK’s full comment and analysis below.

Chancellor calls for “standstill” Brexit transition to avoid cliff edge (FT £)
Philip Hammond MP heeds concerns of businesses groups, including techUK, and says UK should remain in single market and customs union while negotiating new relationship with EU.

Government commissions study on impact of EU migration in UK (FT £)
Migration Advisory Committee will examine how to achieve sustainable levels of net migration while allowing access to vital international talent. Read techUK’s response below.

New national investment fund to back innovative UK startups (Independent)
Treasury launches consultation on national investment fund to support startups but questions over whether it can match impact of European Investment Fund.

techUK Action & Reaction

Data Protection Bill important step in increasing public trust in data handling (techUK)
techUK CEO Julian David uses round of broadcast interviews to stress value of increased public trust in data protection and need to maintain international data flows post-Brexit.

Debates on encryption and extremist content must not be conflated (techUK)
techUK's Tom Morrison-Bell responds to Home Secretary’s comments on encryption stressing that efforts to tackle online extremism obscured by focus on undermining encryption.

Migration Advisory Committee must prove commitment to tech is not skin deep (techUK)
In uncertain environment for international tech workers, Migration Advisory Committee will have critical role in ensuring tech growth is not hampered, says techUK Deputy CEO.

techUK abolishes all male panels at major events (techUK)
As part of our work on promoting gender diversity, techUK CEO pledges to make all male panels history at techUK events with yearly reports on progress.

Tech companies must embrace diversity or fail (FT £)
techUK's Women in Tech Council chair makes case for casting the net far and wide for tech talent as diverse businesses more likely to empathise with a diverse customer base.

More News & Comment

British children must spend more time online (Telegraph £)

Government seeks views on Network and Information Systems directive (BBC)

Brexit: Young EU migrants could be given two-year work visas (Independent)

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