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Also in this week’s policy pulse:

  • US President Donald Trump reverses decision on Chinese company ZTE.
  • The importance of data flows to trade and global business.
  • techUK launches Cyber Campaign Week.

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

Top tech policy news

Matt Hancock heads to India to confirm new Tech Partnership (WireNews)
UK Digital Secretary, Matt Hancock, has been in India this week to further strengthen ties between the growing Indian and UK tech industries, covering areas including fintech, cybersecurity, health-tech and smart cities.

President Trump reverses ZTE decision (BBC)
In a surprise move, US President Donald Trump has reversed the ban on US companies doing business with Chinese tech firm ZTE. This comes amid tough talk between the US and China on a potential trade war.

Data localisation policies risk hampering trade (FT £)
The importance of avoiding ‘data protectionism’ is discussed by the FT’s Alan Beattie as he highlights the importance of data transfers to the global economy.

Brexit will provide text for Europe’s Privacy Rules (Politico £)
Martin Selmayr, Secretary-General of the European Commission, outlines how Brexit will test Europe’s privacy rules while recognising that the UK won’t turn its back on EU data protection standards.

techUK action & reaction

techUK’s Cyber Campaign Week to showcase cyber security’s transformative role (techUK)
All week and in the run up to techUK’s first ‘Cyber in the Digital Economy’ conference, techUK will be bringing you articles and news about how cyber is underpinning the digital economy.

What should businesses be doing about GDPR? (techUK)
Jeremy Lilley, techUK Policy Manager for Data Protection, points companies in the right direction to ensure they are reading the right guidance ahead of GDPR taking effect on 25 May.

techUK’s Emma Fryer gives evidence to Commons Environmental Audit Committee (parliamentlive.tv)
techUK’s lead for Data Centres, Emma Fryer, gives evidence to Commons Select Committee on ‘Adapting to Climate Change’.

The future of digital health in the NHS (techUK)
techUK teamed up with Portland to discuss how to best drive the uptake of tech innovation in the NHS, with panelists from NHS England and industry leaders.

Lloyds Bank Consumer Digital Index shows positive role of tech in everyday life (techUK)
India Lucas, techUK’s Policy Manager for Skills, Talent and Diversity, takes a look at the Lloyds Bank Consumer Digital Index 2018 which highlights the positive contribution of tech to society and the need to equip the current and future workforce with appropriate skills.

Tech firms sought to solve UK’s biggest challenges (techUK)
techUK’s Head of Public Sector, Rob Driver, looks at the Government’s plans for competitions for tech specialists to tackle social challenges, being delivered via the £20 million GovTech fund launched last year. 

More news & comment

Do you know what a quantum walk is? (The Register)

This week in tech… 20 years ago (The Verge)

21-year-old data reveals possibility of life (TechRadar)

Facebook suspends 200 apps (The Telegraph £)

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