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August 12, 2020

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From new allegations about the UK's £400m OneWeb acquisition to a landmark legal challenge against police facial recognition, here are the key developments of the week so far. By NS Tech.

By Julian Turner

From new allegations about the UK’s £400m OneWeb acquisition to a landmark legal challenge against police facial recognition, here are the key developments of the week so far. By NS Tech.

Revealed: MoD and UK’s chief scientific adviser weren’t consulted on £400m OneWeb deal

The government failed to consult either its most senior scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, or the Ministry of Defence before embarking on a controversial £400m buyout of the bankrupt satellite company OneWeb, NS Tech can reveal.

Facial recognition use by South Wales Police ruled unlawful in landmark case

Activists have chalked up the world’s first successful legal challenge against police use of automatic facial recognition technology, with the Court of Appeal ruling that South Wales Police’s use of the technology is unlawful. Laurie Clarke reports.

Most MSPs received government support, kept staff on and adapted their offerings

Despite being in an industry that hasn’t been as affected as many others during the coronavirus pandemic, many managed service providers have still had to rely on government financial relief programmes, according to a major industry survey.

ICO probes Barclays’ employee surveillance software trial

The UK’s data regulator has opened an investigation into Barclays’ use of controversial employee surveillance software.

The biggest govtech deals of the week

In partnership with GlobalData, we have drilled down into the most valuable tenders and awards from the last seven days. Here is what we found this week.

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