HIGH COURT DECISION ON MORRISONS DATA BREACH
COMMENT: MISHCON DE REYA'S ADAM ROSE
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In an important High Court judgment handed down today (1 December 2017), supermarket chain Morrisons has been found liable for breach of the Data Protection Act. In this case, a disgruntled employee accessed some 100,000 personnel records, and published them on the internet. Morrisons was found to be vicariously liable for the employee's actions, which amounted to a breach of the Act. Commenting on the judgment, Mishcon de Reya Partner Adam Rose, who specialises in data protection, said:
"The case is important in that it shows that an employer can be held responsible for the unauthorised and malicious acts of a member of staff, and it opens the way for the 100,000 affected staff members to claim damages from Morrisons. This decision is bound to open up businesses to many more damages claims for data breaches."