German rail to pay fine for spying on staff

24th October 2009, Comments 0 comments

Deutsche Bahn officials have acknowledged they read staff emails to uncover evidence of possible malpractice in their dealings with railway suppliers.

Frankfurt -- The German railway Deutsche Bahn will pay a 1.1-million-euro (1.65-million-dollar) fine for spying on staff, a spokesman told AFP on Friday.

"Following this scandal we have made deep changes at the company to exclude such misappropriation in the future," a statement quoted Bahn chief Ruediger Gruge as adding.

The fine was levied by authorities in charge of protecting personal data for the city-state of Berlin, where Deutsche Bahn has its headquarters.

Railway officials have acknowledged reading staff emails to uncover evidence of possible malpractice in their dealings with railway suppliers.

Germany is very sensitive to questions of personal privacy and the affair led to the resignation in early February of Deutsche Bahn's former boss, Hartmut Mehdorn.

AFP/Expatica

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