France: Ikea spied on hundreds of employees – million fine!

One million euros fine for Ikea!

A court in Versailles found the Swedish furniture company guilty on Tuesday of spying on hundreds of employees for years.

The former CEO in France, Jean-Louis Baillot, was sentenced to a two-year suspended sentence for ordering the spying system. He also has to pay a fine of 50,000 euros.

Another former responsible was given 18 months probation and a fine of 10,000 euros.

The former France boss at Ikea, Jean-Louis BaillotPhoto: DOMINIQUE FAGET / AFP

The criminal court found Ikea guilty of “fraudulently collecting personal information”.

The prosecution had seen a case of “mass surveillance”. She therefore demanded a fine of two million euros for Ikea and three years’ imprisonment for the former CEO, two of which were suspended.

Ikea hired detectives and police officers to do the spying

A victim’s lawyer had even accused Ikea of ​​”Stasi” methods. Between 2009 and 2012, according to the investigators, Ikea collected confidential information about almost 400 employees and applicants – for example about possible criminal records and bank statements.

The company hired private detectives and even police officers to do this. The scandal came to light in 2012 through media revelations.

As one of the plaintiffs in the proceedings, trade unionist Adel Amara said he was “satisfied” with the verdict, but called the sentence “a little mild”. The former CEO Baillot, however, reacted “shocked”, as his lawyer announced. The ex-manager is therefore examining appeals against the judgment.


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