This is worrying news for businesses. Especially for those who have taken robust steps in an effort to protect confidential data and information.
The Court's decision means that businesses will be liable for the illegal actions of their employees, leading to a liability to make compensatory payments.
This decision seems a little unfair if businesses have taken protection of their confidential data seriously and have robust systems in place. Of course, no system is infallible. However, where it has been acknowledged by the Judge that Morrisons had not done anything wrong, this does seem to place an unfair risk and burden on businesses for the conduct of their employees, which is unlawful, unforeseeable and outside of the scope of their employment.
The article does suggest that Morrisons are appealing.
If you feel you may be affected by this decision and need advice, contact Sophie Samani on 0121 214 1215 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Morrisons has been found liable for the actions of a former member of its staff who stole the data of thousands of employees and posted it online. Workers brought a claim against the company after employee Andrew Skelton stole the data, including salary and bank details, of nearly 100,000 staff. The High Court ruling now allows those affected to claim compensation for the "upset and distress" caused. The case is the first data leak class action in the UK.