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March 30, 2010

GERMANY: Regulator accuses Daimler of data protection violation

Data protection regulators in Germany have said that Daimler should not ask newly appointed workers to take blood tests, a local paper said.

Data protection regulators in Germany have said that Daimler should not ask newly appointed workers to take blood tests, a local paper said.

According to Financial times Deutschland, regulators said the tests violate data protection and ordered the company to change the medical examinations so that they should include blood and urine tests only when needed to protect the employees’ safety at work.

However, the authority praised Daimler for the fact it did not deceive the potential workers or obtain the data by fraud. The carmaker will not be forced to pay a fine for its practices.

Daimler said it would look into the proposed changes. However, the carmaker sees it as problematic that the regulators are interfering with the medical practices.

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