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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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Pastor linked to superspreader wedding in Maine told to wear mask at son’s marriage

A Maine pastor who presided over a wedding-turned-superspreader event that has been linked to at least eight Covid-19 deaths and over a hundred more infections will be taking part in another wedding next month — his son’s.

The Rev. Todd Bell’s son is tying the knot on Oct. 17 across the state line at the South Church in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the church confirmed.

And if Bell refuses to wear a mask at this ceremony, he could get the boot.

“I hope Pastor Bell will wear a mask,” church official Jennifer Leyden told The Maine Monitor. “To ask another person of faith to leave is an incredibly hard thing. But unfortunately, I have to be a hard-ass. If you’re not wearing a mask, you’re not coming in.”

Pastor Todd Bell, of the Calvary Baptist Church in Sanford, Maine, is shown in Alfred, Maine on Jan. 19, 2017.Tammy Wells /
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