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Court of Appeal confirms organisation liable for employee’s data breach, even though not at fault (Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc v Various Claimants)

Court of Appeal confirms organisation liable for employee’s data breach, even though not at fault (Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc v Various Claimants)
Published on: 23 October 2018
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Court of Appeal confirms organisation liable for employee’s data breach, even though not at fault (Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc v Various Claimants)
  • What are the practical implications of this case?
  • What was the background?
  • What did the court decide?
  • Case details

Article summary

Information Law analysis: The Court of Appeal unanimously upheld a judgment that employers may be held vicariously liable for data breaches by their employees, even in circumstances in which the employer was not at fault under data protection or other information laws and where the breach was prompted by a desire to cause harm to the employer. This case is also significant as a landmark group action by thousands of victims of a data breach, and their success may encourage other group claims. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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