DIGIT Tech News Roundup – 8th of February 2019

DIGIT Tech News Roundup

In this edition of the DIGIT Weekly Roundup, we highlight some of the top-trending tech and business news stories permeating the airwaves in the week beginning 4th of February.

DIGIT’s Top Trending Stories

Almost 60,000 European Data Breaches Reported Post-GDPR

More than 59,000 data breach notifications have been reported across the European Economic Area by public and private organisations since the GDPR came into force on 25th May 2018.

This is according to a GDPR data breach survey conducted by law firm DLA Piper. The study found that the Netherlands, Germany and the UK topped the table in the report with approximately 15,400, 12,600, and 10,600 reported breaches respectively.

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.

Scottish Minister Unveils Internet Safety Initiative for Children

Maree Todd, Minister for Children and Young PeopleScotland will combat cyberbullying and the exploitation of young people online through a new internet safety programme for schools.

On ‘Safer Internet Day‘, the Scottish Minister for Children and Young People, Maree Todd, unveiled an initiative to provide education professionals with the necessary resources and support to help pupils navigate an increasingly digital world.

The Special Recognition Badge for Cyber Resilience and Internet Safety is the only programme of its kind being delivered in the UK.

The framework, developed by Digital Schools Awards in partnership with Education Scotland and the Child Protection Unit, has received support from a number of major tech companies including Microsoft, HP and Intel.

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.

TSB Incurs £100 Million Loss Following IT Migration Disaster

TSB says it lost more than £100 million following a catastrophic IT migration that caused widespread disruption last year.

£105.4 million pound – before tax – was lost during 2018, marking a significant loss compared to its 2017 profits of £162.7 million.

TSB said the loss was directly due to its IT migration issues which saw nearly two million customers locked out of their accounts. These issues have cost the bank in excess of £330 million so far, with £125 million in compensation being paid to customers.

The bank has also spent more than £122 million on emergency recruitment, £33 million in uncollected fees and £49 million in fraud.

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.

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Raspberry Pi Opens First High Street Shop

Raspberry PiDevelopers of the Raspberry Pi computer are opening its first high street store in Cambridge, the city where it was invented.

Founder Eben Upton said he hoped the “experimental space” would attract customers who are “curious” about the brand.

A new starter kit of Raspberry Pi parts, including an official keyboard and mouse, has also been unveiled to accompany the popular tiny computer.

The shop was officially opened in Cambridge’s Grand Arcade shopping centre yesterday.

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.

Unicode to Introduce ‘Period Emoji’

A dedicated ‘period emoji’ is to be included in the next emoji keyboard update, the Unicode Consortium has revealed.

Unicode is a computing industry standard for the consistent encoding, representation, and handling of text expressed in most of the world’s writing systems.

The period emoji – a simple drop of blood – is one of 59 new symbols announced by Unicode as part of its 12.0 emoji keyboard, expected to roll out later in February.

The new emoji follows an online petition organised by the UK branch of humanitarian group Plan International in 2017, calling for a period emoji, which received about 55,000 signatures.

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.

£105m of Cryptocurrency Frozen After Exchange Founder’s Sudden Death

Canadian cryptocurrency exchangeOwners of C$180 million (£105 million) worth of cryptocurrency have been unable to access their cash after the death of Gerald Cotten, founder of Quadriga, Canada’s largest cryptocurrency exchange.

Cotten died of complications related to Crohn’s disease while visiting India to open an orphanage. Although he died in December, the details of exactly how much cryptocurrency has been locked has only just come to light in an affidavit filed by Cotten’s widow, Jennifer Robertson, on behalf of the company.

In court documents, Robertson said the laptop on which Cotten “carried out the companies’ business is encrypted and I do not know the password or recovery key”.

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.

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