H&M, the Swedish multinational conglomerate, suffered data security breach at its German arm.
The company has deemed the breach unacceptable and is working with the local data protection supervisory authority in its investigation into the problem.
As per a statement by a spokesperson from H&M, “The local team has taken a range of action and is in close dialogue with all colleagues. Since the incident is in legal examination, we cannot further comment on that at the moment.”
German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung had reported earlier that H&M collected information on illnesses and other personal information of employees at the H&M Customer Centre for Germany and Austria.
The State Data Protection Commissioner in Hamburg, Johannes Caspar is investigating the H&M management for unlawfully sounding out workers about their personal life and storing the details.
“The qualitative and quantitative extent of the employee data accessible to the entire management level of the company shows a comprehensive research of the employees, which is without comparison in recent years,” Caspar was quoted saying by the paper.