Oct 8, 2017

UK companies keep close eye on Morrisons data leak case

A landmark High Court trial of a case by Wm Morrison workers over a huge leak of personal data by a former employee will begin this week. The legal case, which is believed to be the first data leak class action in the UK, will be keenly watched by companies who worry it could spark a new wave of court cases from workers and customers in the event of a data breach. The two-week High Court case is due to determine whether Morrisons is liable for the data leak. "The facts are quite specific in this case. However, I think companies will be watching this case closely to see what the court decides on some of the data protection claims being run such as the argument that Morrisons failed to take appropriate steps to protect data," he said. Payday lender Wonga in April warned 250,000 current and former customers that there might have been "Illegal and unauthorised access" to personal data, and last October UK telecoms group TalkTalk was hit with a record £400,000 fine after the personal data of more than 150,000 customers were stolen in a cyber attack in 2015.

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