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Five must-read stories from the intersection of tech, business and politics

From the government’s plans for a new digital ID service, to HMRC’s new CDIO, here are the key stories so far this week.

Government’s plan for digital ID provokes mixed response

Industry experts have “cautiously” welcomed the government’s plans to overhaul its beleaguered digital identity programme, but privacy campaigners have warned that protections to safeguard user data may be too weak.

The Met Police didn’t perform an equality impact assessment before trialling facial recognition tech

The Metropolitan Police didn’t bother to assess whether live facial recognition technology discriminated on the basis of race or gender before they conducted trials with it, according to a new report by think tank WebRoots Democracy.

HMRC appoints Centrica’s Daljit Rehal as CDIO

A senior executive at the energy giant Centrica is set to become HMRC’s permanent chief digital and information officer – one of the most influential and high-profile tech roles in government.

Extinction Rebellion ‘flattered’ by government claim that it poses cyber threat

The environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion has told NS Tech that while it is “flattered” the government believes it poses a cyber threat, it has no plans to launch attacks or develop the capabilities required to do so.

CIO Town Hall Live features Northumbrian Water and Johnson Matthey CIOs

In less than a week’s time, we’ll be hosting the second CIO Town Hall Live – in partnership with our sister title Computer Business Review. We hope you can join us virtually on Wednesday, 9th September, 2020 at 2pm to hear from CIO leaders representing NWG (Northumbrian Water Group) and Johnson Matthey. CIOs and fellow digital, technology and IT executives are invited to register here.