The French branch of the IKEA chain was fined almost 1 million euros for spying on its employees.
It became known that the company hired specialists from a private detective firm Eirpace, which collected personal data of employees. In particular, IKEA management was interested in information about the lifestyle of employees and violations of the law. It is noted that as part of the espionage, personal connections of managers with the police were connected.
According to the prosecutors, this way IKEA collected data on 400 employees in France for 2009-2012.
For example, IKEA collected information on employees who participated in protests because they could be a threat. And the director of one of the stores used his police cousin to check prospective employees for criminal records and minor infractions in the past.