“Excessive” surveillance of its employees: Amazon France appeals its conviction by the CNIL

The system was considered “excessively intrusive” by the National Commission for Information Technologies and Liberties (Cnil). Sentenced in January by the digital police to a fine of 32 million euros for monitoring its employees, Amazon announced on Friday that it would appeal.

“We totally disagree with the CNIL’s conclusions, which are objectively incorrect, and we have appealed this decision to the Council of State,” Amazon said in a statement.

“A common practice in the sector”

In January, the CNIL pointed to “indicators that measure employees’ scanner downtimes” greater than ten minutes or the pace of package processing “to the nearest second.” A “system of excessive monitoring of activity and performance,” according to her.

It sentenced Amazon’s French subsidiary to pay a fine of 32 million euros, that is, around 3% of its turnover. An “almost unprecedented” penalty, he stressed, with the maximum being 4%.

“The use of warehouse management systems is standard practice in the industry: they are necessary to ensure safe, quality and efficient operations and to ensure inventory tracking and package processing on time and in accordance with customer expectations. customer,” defended Amazon France.

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