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Another email about privacy and data? Here's why

“Updates to our privacy policy”, “Stay connected”, “Data law changes”: You have probably had lots of these emails recently from various companies and organisations – but what’s it all about? It’s to do with a huge shake-up of data protection laws, with a tougher European standard soon kicking in …

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Chocolate war: Waitrose accused of copying wavy bars

Waitrose has been accused of “crossing the line” by allegedly copying a premium confectioner’s design for a new range of chocolate bars. Hotel Chocolat said the supermarket chain’s recently launched Luxury Chocolate Bar own-label range looked very similar to the wavy shapes of its own slabs which are registered …

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PPF braces for Mothercare rescue plan

Britain’s pensions lifeboat has drafted in advisers to prepare for a rescue‎ financial restructuring at Mothercare that is certain to spark further high street job losses. Sky News‎ has learnt that the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) is taking advice from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) ahead of a crucial week for the …

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Interserve faces City watchdog investigation

Troubled outsourcing firm Interserve has disclosed that it is being investigated by the City watchdog over how it handled the disposal of part of its business. The group said in a stock market announcement that it had been referred to the Financial Conduct Authority’s enforcement division – sending shares …

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Zoopla founder makes a killing in US takeover

Talk about making a killing from the housing market. Alex Chesterman, the founder of Zoopla, will walk away with £61m following a £2.2bn takeover of the property website’s parent company, ZPG, by the US private equity firm Silver Lake. It has been a lucrative adventure for the economics graduate. …

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Industrial dispute mediators go on strike

Staff at conciliation service Acas – which works to resolve industrial disputes – are staging a 24-hour strike over issues including “unmanageable” workloads. Members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union are walking out from offices across the country and say they plan two further days of action …

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