Policy Pulse | Your Weekly Update on Tech and Digital Policy

In this week's edition:

  • Digital Minister Matt Hancock MP on the UK's new data protection rules
  • Brussels expresses concern at lack of US data ombudsman
  • techUK's Civil Service survey shows lack of digital skills remains main barrier to digital adoption
  • techUK's Party Conference 2017 line up
  • And plenty more!

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Top Tech Policy News

Digital Minister: New data protection rules key to UK’s digital leadership (City AM)
Matt Hancock MP says new Data Protection Bill will give citizens greater powers over personal data while underpinning UK leadership in digital innovation.

Delay in appointing US data ombudsman could affect Privacy Shield review (FT £)
Senior European officials concerned over failure to meet key plank of Privacy Shield agreement.

Internet companies working together to combat online extremism (ZDNet)
Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism companies to step up the fight against online extremist content. Read the official blog post here.

Digital skills main barrier to government digital adoption (ComputerWeekly)
techUK’s annual civil servant survey has found 57% of respondents saw paucity of relevant skills as greatest challenge to digital services, a proportion that has increased each year.

techUK Action & Reaction

Tech firms are committed to tackling online terrorist content (techUK)
Following the PM’s UN speech, Deputy CEO Antony Walker looks at the ways internet companies are tackling extremist content.

techUK President: It’s time for Wales to realise its digital opportunity (BBC)
Jacqueline de Rojas tells Digital Wales conference Wales can become a leading digital economy.

Top civil servants consider how to build the smarter state (techUK)
Following techUK’s #PS2030 conference, civil servants discuss how transformations in open data, blockchain and working culture will shape the Smarter State.

Data Protection Bill must be seen in post-Brexit context (techUK)
Jeremy Lilley takes an in-depth view of what Bill means for the UK’s data-driven economy, as Commission publishes draft data localisation rules.

More News & Comment

Digital Ministers champion UK as global digital hub (City AM)

Let’s give a new generation the work skills they need – Sherry Coutu (Telegraph)

Immigration Minister: We want EU citizens living here to stay (Times)

Look out for techUK at Party Conferences

We’ll be out and about at the Party Conferences including at the following events. Email tom.morrison-bell@techuk.org if you want to find out more and hope to see you there!


Labour Business panel on the role of digital in the industrial strategy – 17:30-18:30 on 25 Sep at the Fujitsu Lounge (Secure Zone)


techUK and Enterprise Forum business reception with the Chancellor – 17:45-19:00 on 2 Oct at Charter 1, Manchester Central Convention Complex (Secure Zone)

Can a Digital Charter tame the Wild West of the Web? – 12:45-14:00 on 2 Oct at the Lancaster Suite, Midland Hotel, Manchester, 16 Peter St, Manchester M60 2DS

Us & It: AI in the near future – 12:45-14:00 on 3 Oct at Cobden Room 1, Manchester Central Convention Complex (Secure Zone)

Upcoming Events - View full events calendar

Sept 27 - Data Ethical Framework Review

Oct 13 - The Future of Standards for a Smart, Flexible Energy System

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