Data Protection Academy » Data Protection News » Data breach employees fashion house H&M

A computer screen showing a programming language on black and white. Data breach employee fashion house H&M

Data breach H&M employee health data sounded out

Date: 19.12.2019

Responsible body: H&M

Nature of the data breach: Fashion house H&M conversation notes with health data

The Swedish fashion house H&M is accused of having sounded out its employees. Most affected are employees of the H&M customer centre in Nuremberg, who are responsible for the German and Austrian regions.

According to media reports, managers have collected private information on employees in data folders. Particularly alarming is the fact that the conversation notes contained sensitive individual-related data such as life situation or married life, can only come from confidential discussions with managers. Furthermore, it was criticised in particular that information on the health of employees was evaluated in lists.

H&M responded by publicly stating that it would avoid such data breaches in the future by conducting data protection training for managers, data audits or seminars on employee rights.

Practical tip: Data protection training and sensitization of managers and employees

Categories of data: Name, first name, health data

Country: Germany / Sweden

Source: Focus

Back to the overview of the data breaches

Caroline Schwabe
Latest posts by Caroline Schwabe (see all)

This might interest you too:

A computer screen showing a programming language on black and white.

Data breach at Klarna: Third party data visible

Entering a postcode and e-mail was sufficient to view third party data. The autofill function is to blame.
A computer screen showing a programming language on black and white.

Data breach Microsoft customer records leaked

In December 2019, 250 million support requests to Microsoft were available online for two days. Security researchers reported the data breach to Microsoft.
A computer screen showing a programming language on black and white.

Massive data breach at car rental company Buchbinder

Over 2.5 million German customers affected. High potential for abuse, use your right to information and ask if you are affected.