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Ikea France fined €1m for snooping on staff

A French court has ordered Ikea to pay a fine of $1.2 million after found guilty of spying on its staff.

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A French court has ordered Ikea to pay a fine of $1.2 million after found guilty of spying on its staff.

The former CEO of Ikea France, Jean-Louis Baillot, was given a two-year suspended jail term and a €50,000 fine. The French subsidy was found to be using private detectives to spy on the private data of the staff. Stung by the affair, Ikea fired four managers and got a new code of conduct.

Four police officers were also on trial for handing over confidential information. The case centered on Ikea France’s surveillance of staff during 2009-2012. The scandal was exposed by journalists, then trade unions took legal action. The acts of the company are rendered illegal by the court hence are liable to pay a fine.

Managers were found to have used a private security firm, Eirpace, which in turn collected personal data from the police. It included information about lifestyles and any previous criminal convictions.

During the investigation, the police found computers with encrypted codes intend to gather information illegally. Another list of 68 names has been sent to the authorities and there is a probability of more.

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