Monitoring of Employees Faces under Scrutiny in Europe
European privacy regulators are scrutinizing how employers collect workers’ personal data and dishing out multimillion-dollar fines for violations.
German electronics retailer notebooksbilliger.de is the latest company to be targeted. The seller of laptops, phones and other electronics online and in bricks-and-mortar shops was fined 10.4 million euros ($12.6 million), for using video surveillance cameras to monitor employees, the data protection regulator in the German state of Lower Saxony said this month.
The case reflects European authorities’ growing interest in employers’ use of technology to monitor employees.