Can employers be vicariously liable for data breaches of their employees?

Posted in : Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 9 November 2018
Seamus McGranaghan
O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors
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Scott: The Morrisons case, it seems extreme now, the way that vicarious liability has moved in just the last two years really, and both of them to do with Morrisons. But the Court of Appeal recently held in Morrison Supermarkets against various claimants that employers can be vicariously liable for harm caused by the criminal activities of their employees in relation to data breaches. This was a rogue accountant who put stuff on the internet and put—I think it was 100,000 records of staff members.

Seamus: That's right. It was a case from 2014. The accountant was Andrew Skelton. He was a senior IT auditor within Morrisons. He posted files containing the personal data of just shy of, it's

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Seamus McGranaghan
O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors

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