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Company Fined 10,000 For Withholding Employee Data

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—FRANCE

July 10, 2012

The French data protection agency (CNIL) has fined a regional water utility €10,000 for failing to hand over GPS tracking data to an employee who was attempting to prove that he had been the victim of a workplace accident, reports PCWorld. The man reported the company to the CNIL after waiting 11 weeks for a response; the CNIL then sent four requests over the next six months and a formal notice to hand over the data, to no avail. The CNIL’s ruling stated, "Through its stalling tactics, the company took the risk of depriving the plaintiff of the possibility of accessing data, the storage of which was only guaranteed for six months after its recording."
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