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Prosecutors Investigating IKEA Execs for Data-Spying

SURVEILLANCE—FRANCE

November 22, 2013

Prosecutors in France are investigating three senior IKEA executives amid allegations they authorized illegal spying on employees and customers, The New York Times reports. Chief Executive Stefan Vanoverbeke and two others were possibly involved in a “conspiracy to collect a range of personal information including criminal records, automobile registrations and property records,” the report states. According to prosecutors, the executives collected such data in order to watch employees and also reveal “unflattering details” about customers bringing lawsuits. IKEA France has been ordered to post a bond of 500,000 euros. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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