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April 3, 2008

GERMANY: Snooping on staff forces Edeka to act

Edeka has become the latest German retailer to get caught up in the controversy over the secret monitoring of staff.

Edeka has become the latest German retailer to get caught up in the controversy over the secret monitoring of staff.

The retailer told just-food today (3 April) that staff at a number of stores in the German province of Lower Saxony were monitored by a security firm against the wishes of the company.

Employees at stores run by Edeka subsidiary WEZ were monitored by a firm brought in to tackle a shoplifting problem at the outlets, an Edeka spokesman said.

The Edeka subsidiary has since cancelled its contract with the security firm.

The revelation comes just a week after Lidl, the German discount retailer, was forced to deny that it had used secret cameras in its stores to spy on staff.

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