Ikea Goes On Trial In France For Spying On Staff
Umer Jamshaid 29 days ago Mon 22nd March 2021 | 03:52 PM
The French branch of Swedish retailing giant Ikea went on trial Monday accused of running an elaborate system to spy on staff and job applicants using private detectives and police officers
Versailles (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 22nd Mar, 2021 ) :The French branch of Swedish retailing giant Ikea went on trial Monday accused of running an elaborate system to spy on staff and job applicants using private detectives and police officers.
French investigative publications Le Canard Enchaine and Mediapart uncovered the surveillance scheme in 2012, and magistrates began investigating after the Force Ouvriere union lodged a legal complaint.
Prosecutors say Ikea France set up a "spying system" across its French operations, collecting information about the private lives of hundreds of existing and prospective staff, including confidential information about criminal records.
Both men were present on Monday but declined to comment to waiting reporters.
The group also includes four police officers accused of handing over confidential information.
The charges include illegal gathering of personal information, receiving illegally-gathered personal information, and violating professional confidentiality, some of which carry a maximum prison term of 10 years.
"We're here to today to show that there are these types of actions inside companies that police trade unions and above all their employees," a senior member of the hard-left CGT union, Amar Lagha, told reporters.