2015 ISPA Awards sees big entries

ISPA is looking forward to another competitive round of testing after the entry deadline passed for the 2015 ISPA Awards. Scores of entrants are competing across 17 categories at this year’s ISPAs and we wish everyone the best of luck. Last year saw over 4 million tests carried out in the search for the winners and we expect to see even more this year. Sponsoring the ISPAs is an effective way to promote your company to high profile figures across the UK internet industry. More information about sponsorship is here. Magrathea are sponsoring the Best VoIP Award and Tagadab are sponsors of the Best Use of Digital Award.


ISPA criticises attempts to bring in Communications Data Bill

ISPA was pleased that attempts to re-introduce more surveillance powers in the Counter Terrorism and Security Bill were withdrawn. ISPA has been meeting with interested parliamentarians in the House of Lords and made it clear that using amendments to bring back the complex powers contained in the Draft Communications Data Bill, without consulting with industry or seemingly addressing the concerns of the Joint Committee, was ill-judged. ISPA believes that law enforcement should have reasonable access to communications data in a changing environment, but there needs to be a proper debate in parliament that takes account of the current reviews and consults with industry. ISPA also believes that any new legislation should have proper oversight, maximum transparency and heeds the concerns of industry, citizens and parliament. You can see our recent press releases on the subject here.


ISPA and INCA join forces for member drinks

ISPA and INCA laid on drinks for members in London. Around forty people from both memberships attended and enjoyed drinks and canapés at the Phoenix in Victoria. We will be arranging similar networking events so look out for future invites.


ISPA supports Safer Internet Day 2015

ISPA is proud to once again support Safer Internet Day 2015, and urge all readers to look at the Safer Internet Day website (here) to see what activities are happening in your area. This year’s Safer Internet Day is on 10 February 2015 and you can follow the #SID2015 to keep up to date. Last year over 650 organisations supported Safer Internet Day.


New member

ISPA would like to welcome Oosha to the association. Oosha provide a range of services including business broadband, VoIP and hosting, to managed services and cloud.


ISPA in the news

Communications data kept ISPA’s press work busy in January, and we featured heavily in the media, including BBC News, The Guardian, The Register and more. Full coverage is here.