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Laptop retailer fined $12.6 million

by on20 January 2021

Videoed staff for two years

The data regulator for the German state of Lower Saxony has fined a local laptop retailer a whopping $12.6 million for always keeping its employees under video surveillance for the past two years.

The fine is one of the largest imposed under the 2018 General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) not only in Germany but across Europe as well.

The recipient is AG (doing business as NBB), an online e-commerce portal and retail chain dedicated to selling laptops and other IT supplies.

The State Commissioner for Data Protection (LfD) for the state of Lower Saxony said that the company installed two years ago a video monitoring system inside its warehouses, salesrooms, and common workspaces for the purpose of preventing and investigating thefts and tracking product movements.

Officials said the video surveillance system was always active, and recordings were saved for as much as 60 days in the company's database.


Last modified on 20 January 2021
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