German firm spied on job applicants’ sex lives
(TELEGRAPH) Deutsche Telekom is alleged to have asked investigators to look into a female manager from a Croatian rival who had applied to work for one of the company’s subsidiaries in 2004.
Documents published in the Handelsblattt newspaper have revealed the company collected intimate personal details, including how many lovers she had and her preference for “older men”.
“In her personal life she could be described as a female carnivore with an extremely elevated need for sex,” it said.
It went on to describe her as a “very experienced and imaginative sexual partner” and added the woman’s sister was an “active agent of free love”.
Another report, described one candidate as a heavy drinker and another as a “corrupt rat”.
The newspaper quoted an unnamed “security consultant” previously employed by Deutsche Telekom saying dozens of similar reports were drawn up about prospective employees in Croatia, Hungary, Macedonia and Slovenia.
According to the document entitled “Company Security Personnel Screening”, the company also used investigators to analyse their own employees.
Deutsche Telekom has been the focus of a “spying” scandal since last spring, when it confirmed media reports that bank records of more than 100,000 workers had been trawled for possible corruption operations.
Deutsche Telekom said it “generally” did not analyse the personal activities of job applicants.
“The suggestion to make these kind of screenings standard practice was rejected by human resources,” the company said.