Sensitive employee data made public in Finland

Okay, there were only 7 employees, and this personal data breach which was investigated by the Finnish DPA was concerning a single employee who was on sick-leave.

What is super interesting about this case is that the employer (a family business) put the fact that the employee was on sick leave on the company website. It seems that because the employee was sending an automated response to emails that he/she was on sick leave, gave the idea that this data was now public data.

It then digs into the employment act and secrecy concerning employee data, and the decision was that sanctions would be placed on this business, i.e. it was a personal data breach which has an impact on ‘rights and freedoms’.

Clearly I’ve cut out a load of details here… but what is important is that even the small family businesses are not immune to GDPR sanctions.

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