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This week techUK made clear the view of its members that Ministers should maintain the Government’s commitment to EU data protection rules post-Brexit to ensure the UK remains a global hub for data. Also this week:

  • The Prime Minister sets out proposals for a future relationship with the EU on security;
  • Brexit Secretary lays out plans for a ‘race to the top’ on standards;
  • The Prime Minister also launched review panel for post-18 education, including techUK President Jacqueline de Rojas.

All this and more, get your tech policy fix below.

Top Tech Policy News

Tech industry warns Ministers not to drop EU data rules (Telegraph)
In a joint letter to International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, techUK and ITI set out why diverging on data post-Brexit will not give the UK a competitive edge and explained that alignment on data protection will give Businesses much needed certainty and allow the UK to act as a global hub for data flows. Also featured in The Times (£).

Theresa May calls for UK-EU Security Treaty at Munich Security Conference (Financial Times)
The Prime Minister used her speech at the Munich Security Conference to urge EU leaders to fast track a deal on a new security partnership. The PM also confirmed the UK seeks to maintain alignment on data and will seek a continued role for the ICO. See techUK CEO’s comment here.

David Davis says the UK will lead a ‘race to the top’ on standards (BBC)
Brexit Secretary, David Davis, uses his ‘Road to Brexit’ speech to outline a vision of the UK setting high global standards in the future and suggesting a future relationship with the EU should be based on trust in each other’s regulations. Check out techUK Deputy CEO’s comment on the speech here.

Prime Minister launches major new review into post-18 education (BBC)
Theresa May has launched a major new review into post-18 education which will look into choices between technical, vocational and academic routes for students. techUK President Jacqueline de Rojas has been confirmed as a member of the review panel.

techUK Action & Reaction

Tech companies are clear that divergence on data protection is not welcome (techUK)
techUK’s Policy Manager Jeremy Lilley outlines why tech companies don’t see data as a possible area for divergence post-Brexit.

Brexit fears and frustrations are mounting for UK tech sector leaders (Computer Weekly)
Putting barriers in the way of trade with our biggest market does not make the UK more attractive says techUK Deputy CEO Antony Walker responding to Boris Johnson Brexit Speech. Full techUK comment here.

techUK contributes to ‘Is Staying Online Costing the Earth’ report (techUK)
A new report by All Party Parliamentary Group for Climate Change, with contribution from techUK, has concluded ICT can play a big role in combating climate change, but more needs to be done to reduce emissions from the sector.

West Midlands Mayor follows techUK advice to appoint Chief Digital Officer (techUK)
Georgina Maratheftis, techUK's Local Government Programme Manager, welcomes the appointment of a West Midlands Chief Digital Officer, something techUK called for in Digital Devolution: A Guide for Mayors.

More News & Comment

Business, politics and Brexit ‘Turning a challenge into an opportunity’ (British Irish Chamber of Commerce)

UK and US sign FinTech cooperation agreement (Politico £)

Conversational AI: Making technology more human (Wired)

The future of 5G mobile networks: support and development (Computer Weekly)

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