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Court Receives Wage Verification System Complaint

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—GERMANY

April 1, 2010

Lawyers for the civil rights group FoeBud have filed a formal complaint with Germany's Constitutional Court to stop the storage of employment data, contending the Electronic Wage Verification System (ELENA) violates privacy laws. Deutsche-Welle reports that more than 22,000 Germans have joined the legal initiative to stop the use of ELENA to store employee data including wages, absenteeism and reasons for dismissals and disciplinary action. Privacy advocates believe the ELENA system could allow for the manipulation of personal data. "The system could become the target of computer hackers," said Rena Tangens of FoeBud, adding, the government could amend "the ELENA law, allowing intelligence services access to the system."
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