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Employee Data Breaches

Our Employment team explore a recent judgement involving employee data breaches and what employers should be doing to prevent this.

In April, we reported on a landmark case in which an employer was held vicariously liable for rogue actions by an employee when he deliberately released data of around 100,000 colleagues on the internet. Click here to view our blog from April.

In upholding the High Court decision in the case of WM Morrisons Supermarkets PLC v Various Claimants, the Court of Appeal confirmed that Mr Skelton’s actions were within the ‘field of activities’ entrusted to him; even though his intention was to cause harm to his employer.

As a result of this Judgment, employers should ensure that staff are trained and procedures communicated, to minimise the risk of GDPR data breaches and that they have effective insurance cover in the event of an Armageddon type situation.

For a copy of our GDPR guidance note or should you have any questions on the issues set out here contact your usual adviser in the team or Emma McLoughlin, Senior Associate Solicitor by email on [email protected] 



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