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Clothing Retailer H&M Told to Wear $41 Million GDPR Fine

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Employee Surveillance Violations Trigger Germany’s Biggest Privacy Fine to Date

H&M store in Stockholm (Photo: Robert Lindholm, H&M)

Privacy regulators in Germany have slammed the world’s second-largest clothing retailer, H&M, with a €35.2 million ($41.4 million) fine for violating EU privacy laws.

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The fine, issued by the Hamburg Data Protection Authority – aka HmbBfDI – under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, represents the largest privacy fine to have ever been issued by a German regulator, and centers on illegal workplace surveillance at a service center in Nuremberg.


Stockholm-based Hennes & Mauritz AB – better known as H&M – operates 5,000 stores across 74 countries and employs 126,000 people.

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