The Swedish furniture chain underwent a police search of its headquarters in France after allegations of illegal surveillance.

This article titled “Ikea accused of hiring detectives to spy on dissatisfied customers in France” was written by Angelique Chrisafis in Paris, for The Guardian on Wednesday 14th March 2012 19.48 UTC

Ikea is at the centre of a spying investigation in France over allegations that it paid private detectives to snoop on workers and pry into the private lives of disgruntled customers who complained about late kitchen deliveries or faulty wardrobe parts.

The Swedish chain, which presents itself as the friendly face of affordable furnishing, said police searched its French headquarters and the home of its head of risk management last Friday, examining computers and seizing documents as part of a preliminary judicial inquiry into alleged illegal surveillance practices.

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