Airbus Germany spied on staff

2nd April 2009, Comments 0 comments

"We launched an internal investigation to see if there was a case similar" to a staff espionage scandal at national rail operator Deutsche Bahn, "and the result is yes," Airbus spokesman Stefan Schaffrath said.

Berlin -- The German unit of Airbus said Wednesday it spied on its employees, comparing their account numbers with those of suppliers, in what it called an attempt to fight corruption.

"We launched an internal investigation to see if there was a case similar" to a staff espionage scandal at national rail operator Deutsche Bahn, "and the result is yes," Airbus spokesman Stefan Schaffrath told AFP.

He was confirming a report to appear Thursday in the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper.

On Monday, Hartmut Mehdorn, the head of Deutsche Bahn, the nations' biggest public company, announced he would quit after a rash of scandals that cost him the backing of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Mehdorn's stint at Deutsche Bahn hit the buffers following allegations Friday that the railway had monitored staff emails for signs they had contacted reporters or members of parliament.

Mehdorn denied wrongdoing, saying: "This is not about a data protection scandal but rather a campaign to change company policy and management."

AFP/Expatica

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