Amazon Penalized for ‘Excessive’ Monitoring of Employees


Amazon has been fined €32m (£27m) in France for engaging in “excessive” surveillance of its workers, according to the country’s data watchdog. The CNIL found that Amazon France Logistique, which manages warehouses, recorded data captured by workers’ handheld scanners. The watchdog deemed Amazon’s tracking of employee activity to be so precise that it forced workers to potentially justify every break, which it ruled to be illegal. The CNIL also questioned why Amazon needed to retain workers’ data for 31 days. The investigation was launched following complaints by employees and media coverage of conditions in Amazon warehouses.

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