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Schaar: Busting Employees Online Is Illegal

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—GERMANY

May 24, 2013

German Federal Data Protection Commissioner Peter Schaar says job centers that search online for employees abusing unemployment benefits are breaking the law, reports The Local. “Job center employees are under no circumstances allowed to log into social networks or even under false pretenses become online friends with people in order to gain access to their data,” Schaar told a magazine. The report states, only if someone receiving unemployment benefits “is uncooperative and refuses to give out relevant data” can a center turn to the Internet—and, even then, the employee must be notified of the data collection, Schaar added.
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