Yesterday’s landmark €35M data privacy fine imposed on fashion retailer H&M by the Hamburg Data Protection Commissioner might be dismissed as an anomaly based on very unusual facts, but there are hidden lessons here for all organisations operating in Europe that have implemented new employee monitoring and profiling systems as part of their response to the Pandemic.
Back to work interviews
According to the findings of the German regulator, H&M runs a service centre in Nuremberg where, since 2014, its employees have been required to take part in back to work interviews following holidays and periods of sick leave. During these interviews notes were taken, gathering broad information about private and family lives. In cases of holiday leave notes