From September 2019, people shopping or banking online may face new checks in order to prevent fraud. …Read more
The Government has been reminding retailers to inform customers that e-scooters aren’t road-legal. …Read more
Last week was a landmark moment in the police use of ‘Live Facial Recognition’ (LFR) technology. An independent report, published…Read more
Our broadband dashboard allows you to compare your area with the national average and download full data and maps for each area in the UK.…Read more
A debate will be held on facial recognition and the biometrics strategy in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 1 May 2019, 2.30-4.00pm. The Member sponsoring the debate is Darren Jones.
Planning is underway for UK space launch sites in Sutherland, Cornwall and Prestwick. When will the spaceports be ready and could they be used for space tourism?…Read more
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper sets out the regulations which seek to address nuisance calls, including unsolicited sales and marketing calls, and the main ways in which individuals can try to reduce the number of unwanted calls or texts they receive. …Read more
A House of Commons Library Briefing Paper on mobile coverage in the UK. It provides mobile coverage statistics and information about recent reforms and proposals aimed at improving mobile coverage in rural areas. …Read more
What could happen if the EU and UK negotiators don’t agree a withdrawal agreement in time and the UK has to leave the EU on 29 March 2019 without one – and with no framework for future relations either? This paper looks at how such a situation might come about, the constitutional implications for the UK and in some cases for the devolved administrations, and what the impact might be in a range of policy areas.…Read more
The Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Bill [HL] would create a framework to enable law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to apply to a UK court for an ‘overseas production order’ requiring a person (in practice, generally a communications service provider or ‘CSP’) in a foreign jurisdiction to produce or grant access to electronic data for the purposes of investigating and prosecuting serious crime. An application would only be granted if the judge was satisfied that the data was likely to be of substantial value to the criminal proceedings or investigations for which it was sought, and that it would be in the public interest.
A short House of Commons Library briefing paper providing an explanation and background to the legal separation of BT and Openreach. …Read more
How successful has the industry been in maintaining provision of free cash across the country, including areas with high deprivation? …Read more
A Commons Library Briefing on the Government’s superfast broadband policy for the UK. It sets out the current situation for superfast broadband access and coverage in all four nations of the UK, and how the roll-out of superfast broadband is being managed and funded. Data and maps on superfast broadband connectivity and speeds are also included.…Read more
How well can artificial intelligence understand language? We let a deep learning algorithm loose on millions of words found in Hansard from Brexit-related debates in the House of Commons. What did it find? …Read more
This debate pack has been produced ahead of the Westminster Hall debate on ‘The Future of the UK digital and tech industries’ to be held on Wednesday 18th April at 2:30pm. …Read more
On 27 March 2018 Neil O’Brien MP (Con., Harborough) has a debate in Westminster Hall between 2.30 and 4.00pm on the taxation of digital companies. This page gives a brief overview of the key issues. …Read more