A spying scandal in Germany involving some of the country’s biggest companies has now touched Deutsche Bahn, the state-owned national rail operator. The newspaper Handelsblatt said DB had engaged the specialist security consultants, Network Deutschland, to snoop on its own employees suspected of leaking sensitive information to the press. Deutsche Bahn hastily convened a news conference to quash speculation that a second German industrial giant was involved in illegal spying on staff, and though they admitted working with the consultants, they denied any wrongdoing.
The behaviour of some big companies has already become a major scandal in Germany. The Interior Minister, Wolfgang Schäuble said: “The law is made for everyone and everyone has to abide by the law. If we need to bring in additional institutional measures for companies to fight against non-compliance with the law better, then that’s exactly what we will consider.”
The Handelsblatt report comes a week after the same security consultants admitted analysing illegally-acquired telephone data for Deutsche Telekom. The communications giant was trying to track-down management moles, leaking damaging stories to the media.