IKEA removed hidden security cameras from its warehouse in Peterborough, England after employees spotted one in the ceiling void while using the toilet.
The discovery was made last week when the lights were turned off, an employee spotted a small red light between the panels of a suspended ceiling. Further investigations revealed it was a hidden camera. Leading to workers at the Swedish flat-pack furniture giant being concerned over being spied on while in the bathroom.
More cameras were discovered in men’s and ladies toilets. IKEA claims they have been there since 2015. They were placed there for another purpose, though did not say when they were last used.
A worker told internet media, “They were not wireless cameras, there is a whole network of cables.”
According to IKEA, the Peterborough Distribution Centre is a large warehouse facility with forklift trucks and HGV is regularly operating. The cameras were placed in 2015 to support the company’s health and safety policy. It also has a drug testing policy in place.
The cameras were there to detect alleged activity that could have resulted in serious injury to co-workers, and to maintain a high level of safety on-site. The sole intention of the camera was to film activity in the roof space or corridors.
Further investigation is in progress, while it is not confirmed if all the hidden cameras have been removed. The staff is not considering legal actions.
A spokesperson for the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said, “In areas where people expect a high level of privacy, such as changing rooms or toilet areas, CCTV should only be used in the most exceptional circumstances where it is necessary to deal with very serious concerns. In these cases, organizations must inform people when a CCTV is in operation and that appropriate restriction on viewing and disclosing images are in place.”