• Vodafone shrugs Virgin move as it posts steady financial year

    Despite unprecedented strain on its fixed and mobile networks towards the end of the year, UK-based European communications provider Vodafone has reported what it says is “strong financial performance” with growth in revenue, adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) and free cash flow.

    For the year ended 31 March 2020, Vodafone posted group revenue €44.974bn, up 3% year on year (YoY), driving a €4.099bn operating profit, comparing well with the €951m loss at the same time a year earlier. Adjusted EBITDA was up 2.6% to €14.881bn.

    The group revenue increases were said to reflect the underlying

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  • Retailers reach for tech to keep staff connected in the crisis

    Imagine the scene – it’s pre-lockdown in London, days before UK chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), and probably less than a quarter of the population have ever heard of the word “furlough”.

    Prime minister Boris Johnson has effectively banned consumers from visiting pubs, restaurants and other hospitality premises, without actually telling these operators they must close their doors.

    Restaurant chain Honest Burgers, which has 39 UK branches, has pivoted to sell its menu solely online through an established Deliveroo partnership – a move it will temporarily halt due to staff safety concerns in what was

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  • Draft Covid-19 contact tracing legislation proposes formal oversight

    Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights has again appealed to health secretary Matt Hancock to address privacy and data protection concerns arising from the government’s Covid-19 contact-tracing app with new legislation, proposing formal oversight from a new digital contact tracing human rights commissioner.

    In a letter to Hancock, the committee’s chair Harriet Harman said the Human Rights Committee disagreed with his assessment that primary legislation is not necessary to guarantee privacy in the contact-tracing app.

    Harman described the current law as an “unsatisfactory mishmash” that spread across the Data Protection Act of 2018, Article 8 of the European Convention

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