Ikea France Fined One Million Euros For Spying On Its Workers

The French subsidiary of the Swedish company Ikea has been fined this Tuesday with one million euros by a French court for spying on its workers, in a case dating back to 2012. In addition, the former general director of Ikea in the Gallic country, Jean-Louis Baillot, has been sentenced to two years in prison, although suspended, and a fine of 50,000 euros by the Correctional Court of Versailles.

Ten other former employees or directors of the firm have been sentenced to lesser prison terms, which were also suspended, as well as lighter financial penalties, while two more were acquitted.

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The case dates back to a period in which Ikea France collected between 2009 and 2012 the personal data of hundreds of its workers “by fraudulent, unfair, illicit means, on a regular basis,” says the ruling, to which Efe had access.

The affair erupted in May 2012, when the company fired several administrative officials in France after discovering a system to collect and store data and backgrounds of its employees.

The then head of security for the company in France, Jean-François Paris, confessed shortly after in the press that these data were collected through several private companies, although he assured that this practice was common in subsidiaries in other countries.

Ikea France has indicated in a statement sent to Efe that “it always firmly condemned these ancient events” and recalls that since 2012 it has apologized for these events and has implemented measures so that these practices “could not be reproduced.”

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