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IKEA store fined $1.2 million for illegally spying on French employees

IKEA store fined $1.2 million for illegally spying on French employees




The french subsidiary of swedish  furniture giant ikea has been found  guilty of  spying on its employees and aspiring  candidates  a french court on tuesday found ikea  guilty  of setting up an elaborate system to  illegally spy on hundreds of employees  and job applicants and this happened  between 2009  and 2012. in addition to a million  dollar fine the former ceo of the  company jean-louis bellio  has been given a suspended two-year  prison sentence not only this  baglio has also been found guilty of  receiving personal data of  by fraudulent means during his tenure  when he served as the head  between 1996 and 2002.  the french subsidiary was found to have  used private detectives and police  officers to collect private data  on staff the evidence of which came to  light  in 2012  this has set up a red light if i may say  it doesn't prevent you from going  through a red light  but this is nevertheless a clear warning  precisely on the kind of infractions i  spoke about earlier  which are concealed offenses we can go  very far back in time  so this is a real warning because even  if they committed this 10 years ago  we can still go there  the panel of judges at the versailles  court found that between 2009 and 2012  ikea's french subsidiary used espionage  to  sift out troublemakers in the employee  ranks  ikea france has been convicted of  routinely receiving personal data  obtained through fraudulent means  notably via illegal means obtained  police files and illicitly  disclosing personal information of these  employees in aspirants as well  the prosecutors had accused the  furniture store mass surveillance and  had  further wanted stricter fines for the  company  however lawyers for ikea france  vehemently denied that the company had  any strategy of generalized espn  not only this the company also faces  potential damages from separate civil  lawsuits filed by unions and 74  employees ikea's front subsidiary  employs more than 10 000 people in 34  stores in an  e-commerce site and in a customer care  set.

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