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77% of UK businesses say EU’s new data law is a financial burden

Over two thirds of IT professionals say they need to invest in new technologies or services to help prepare their business for the impact of the EU’s new data law.

More than two thirds (68%) of IT professionals say keeping up to date with changing data protection regulatory requirements is a financial burden on their business, new research has revealed.

British businesses feel most strongly about this (77%), compared with 66% in France and 61% in Germany.

This is according to the results of a study released by Ipswitch, which surveyed European businesses on how they are preparing for the EU’s new data protection regulation, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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UK law bans smoking in a car in presence of a minor

Smoking in a car while someone under the age of 18 is present is due to become illegal in the United Kingdom.

The British government’s new rules make it illegal for anyone to smoke in a vehicle while a minor is present and for a driver to fail to prevent a passenger from lighting up. Drivers and passengers could be fined £50 pounds each, and the driver can be fined twice: once for smoking and once for failing to stop a passenger.

The ban does not apply to using e-cigarettes.

The ban applies even if the vehicle’s windows are down, a sunroof is open or the smoker is in an open doorway of the vehicle.


Five global law firms hit by cybercrime in the UK this quarter

Cybercrime attacks on law firms in England and Wales are rising rapidly, suggesting an alarming trend.

There have been 19 scam alerts issued by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) since the start of September, up 46 per cent on the previous month.

Thirteen scam alerts were issued in August, before which there were 17 alerts in July. In the previous quarter, there were 14 alerts in June, five in May and 16 in April.

The statistics to date for the current quarter represent a 40 per cent quarter-on-quarter increase in scam alerts.

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