HM fined for monitoring its own employees

Hennes & Mauritz has been fined 35.3 million euros for collecting data on the privacy of several hundred employees for a number of years.

The targeted surveillance was carried out on employees at a store in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg, according to a statement from German authorities.

Since 2014, H&M executives have reportedly collected information on the privacy of employees, including health diagnoses, family problems and religious beliefs.

The digital data was stored and was available to up to 50 managers in the company. The company has now apologized for the practice and says that the authorities’ objections will be carefully followed up.