Ikea France has been fined a £1m after being found guilty of spying on staff and its former CEO fined £50,000 and given a suspended two year sentence.
Evidence came to light in 2012 that the company had used private detectives and police officers to collect private data on hundreds of staff, including information about lifestyles and any previous criminal convictions. As a result of the illegal surveillance, 15 people were charged, including top executives and former store managers, together with four police officers on trail for handling confidential information.
Monitoring employees in the workplace is permitted, provided they are made aware of it and the reasons why, ideally set out in a clearly worded monitoring policy.
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