Ikea France fined €1m for spying on staff
Ikea France was fined €1 million over elaborate snooping operations on employees, which involved private investigations by ex-police officers. This case which centred on Ikea France’s surveillance of staff during 2009-2012 (prior to the enforcement of the GDPR) included illegally accessing their criminal records in order to vet applicants for jobs.
Jean-Louis Baillot, a former chief of the French branch of the Swedish home furnishing giant, received a two-year suspended sentence and a €50,000 fine for presiding over the snooping operation.
Employee Monitoring and the GDPR
Under Article 88 of the GDPR, member states may by law or collective agreements provide for more specific rules around processing employees’ personal data. These rules must include suitable and specific measures to safeguard the data subject’s:
with particular regard for:
Key Considerations for Compliance