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Google pens deal with UK Government to supply cloud services to public sector

Google has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UK Government to help the nation’s public sector agencies leverage Google Cloud services.

The agreement will see UK public sector bodies receive a discount depending on cloud demand and expected spend. 

Google revealed it has been in discussions this year with CCS, the UK Cabinet Office executive agency and trading fund, regarding requirements for cloud services under the One Government Cloud Strategy, a joint initiative between Cabinet Office, CCS and Government Digital Service to open up the cloud services market to more suppliers to provide the best value for agencies.

IT pros slam effectiveness of UK Covid-19 contact tracing app

Less than a quarter of IT experts believe the UK’s coronavirus contact tracing app will be effective, according to a survey.

Just under half (45 percent) said they were undecided about it, while almost a third (32 percent) believe the tool will not be useful in helping to contain Covid-19.

One fifth of UK organisations yet to adopt data or analytics tools

Almost a fifth of organisations in the UK are not using any data analytics tools across their business, new research has revealed.

Data analytics company TrueCue, launched by global technology firm Concentra this year, interviewed 100 data and IT professionals at London’s Big Data & AI World last March, to understand how they were currently analysing data within their organisation.

They discovered a large number of the nation’s organisations are still reliant on skilled workers to perform manual processes that would take computers seconds to complete.

UK data centre operators ready to ‘camp out’ in event of London lockdown

The techUK Data Centres Council is working with DCMS to ensure UK data centre employees are included in a list of critical infrastructure workers that would be exempt from lockdown measures that limited free movement in London.

If data centre employees are not included in the final list of critical infrastructure workers — due for publication in a matter of days — or at least designated as key workers, data centres without remote operating capabilities could be forced to house and feed business-critical staff onsite.

UK user data not at risk from post-Brexit move to the US, Google claims

Google has insisted UK user data will remain safe despite plans to move millions of accounts to the US, where there is weaker oversight. The tech giant said it will shift control of UK data from Google Ireland – where it is under tough EU regulation – to its American parent Google LLC as a result of Brexit. EU-wide GDPR rules which require firms to protect people’s data and privacy are among the strictest in the world, but the US has no equivalent.

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