Apr 21, 2019

Morrisons heads to Supreme Court over data breach

Wm Morrison, the UK supermarket chain, is heading to Britain's highest court in an effort to overturn a ruling that it is responsible for compensating thousands of employees for a data breach. The Court of Appeal ruled last year that Morrisons was legally responsible for the data leak caused by the actions of a disgruntled employee. The grocer has now been given permission to appeal against the ruling to the Supreme Court in what is the country's first class-action case over a data leak. It is being closely watched by the legal industry because it will determine whether an employer is liable for damages to staff whose personal data have been published on the web because of the criminal acts of another employee. Nick McAleenan, partner at law firm JMW Solicitors who is representing former and current staff, said: "We have every confidence that the right verdict will, once again, be reached - it cannot be right that there should be no legal recourse where employee information is handed in good faith to one of the largest companies in the UK and then leaked on such a large scale."

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