WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC v Various Claimants Posted In: Case Law
Case ReferenceEWCA Civ 2339
Legal BodyEngland and Wales Court of Appeal (EWCA)
Type of Claim / JurisdictionData Protection and Freedom of Information Act
As if GDPR, data protection responsibilities and potential fines weren’t frightening enough, this case confirms another layer of danger for employers – liability for harm caused by the criminal activities of employees in relation to data breaches.
A senior IT internal auditor at a supermarket had been entrusted with passing on payroll information of just under 100,000 employees to an external auditor as part of the annual audit. After receiving a formal warning from the employer for the unauthorised use of postal services, the auditor held a grudge. He released the personal data of employees to a file-sharing website.
A group litigation claim was initiated by 5,518 employees/former
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