Mar 082010
 March 8, 2010  Posted by  Business

Der Spiegel reports that McDonald’s franchise application process may violate German privacy law:

According to information obtained by SPIEGEL, those wanting to partner with the fast-food chain Subway must agree to a background check “in accordance with anti-terror legislation” such as the US Patriot Act.

The report must also include information about the applicant’s character, lifestyle and relationships. Future franchise owners are also asked whether they have ever been part of a terrorist organization.

Potential McDonald’s franchise holders, meanwhile, are grilled about extra-marital affairs and health problems. Indeed, potential proprietors are asked about the date and the reason for their last visit to the doctor.

Read more on Spiegel Online. Does anyone know if they ask the same questions for franchise applicants here in the U.S.?

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