GDPR and data protection: reinforcing obligations and rights in Europe

The countdown had begun for organisations handling personal data: as of 25 May 2018 when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force, all EU citizens will have the same rights over their data – and all European organisations will be subject to the same rules. Here’s an over view of these rights and obligations. The rise in digital services, the Cloud, IoT and Big Data has brought about the need for changes to laws on personal data protection – and this is precisely what GDPR is for. The Europe-wide implementation of the directive will ensure harmonisation of...

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Google and Walmart team up for e-commerce

To rival Amazon, Google is joining forces with Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, to develop an e-commerce business. Google Express, the search engine’s shopping service, can now deliver products sold by the US retail giant. What’s more, customers will soon be able to order not only online but directly via Google Home, the hand-free smart speaker. Launched in 2013, Google Express has just added Walmart to its portfolio of retail partners. After Costco, Target and Walgreens, the arrival of Walmart should help Google expand its retail business. And to rival Amazon, Walmart Google Express purchases will soon be compatible...

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With digital robots and services, the hotel industry is offering innovative new guest experiences

With hotels entirely run by robots and offering new digital services such as a virtual concierge, the hospitality industry is embracing the digital age and implementing a range of new technologies, from the simple to the highly sophisticated – and the truly bizarre… If you want to see the cutting edge of digital transformation in hospitality, go to Japan and China. With guests’ digital maturity and acceptance of robotics light years ahead of the West, some innovative new concepts are being developed. Technology: giving a new lease of life to low-cost hotels. The Pengheng Space Capsules Hotel in Shenzhen is a prime...

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Artificial intelligence, in the form of humanoid robots, could be about to take the retail industry by storm. The trend is only just emerging but the innovation capabilities of robotics could mean that service robots will soon be more than just amusing gadgets in supermarkets. “Create a new customer experience:” this is what service robots aim to do for stores, according to a report by Roland Berger. Robotics has already been used in the logistics field for distribution, order-picking and inventory management, and is also being tested for last-mile delivery or analysing in-store traffic. Hospitality is the next stage....

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Viva Technology: 60,000 visitors and a host of technological surprises

Amateur and professional geeks, novices and experts got together at the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre for three days last week to meet, share, learn and discover the latest technologies and innovations in the digital world. The second edition of this major tech event was a great success. Despite the punishing heat, hall 1 of the exhibition centre was jam-packed during the 3 days of the Viva Technology 2017 tech fair. This second edition featured 500 speakers and 6,000 startups from 50 countries, and a total of 450 one-to-one meetings between startups and investors took place at the various...

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