Morrisons Loses Insider Breach Liability Appeal

Morrisons Loses Insider Breach Liability Appeal

Supermarket giant Morrisons has been told by the Court of Appeal that it is liable for the actions of a malicious insider who breached data on 100,000 employees, setting up a potential hefty class action pay-out.

An original High Court ruling last year said the UK chain was “vicariously liable” for the actions of former employee Andrew Skelton — a disgruntled internal auditor who published the details, which included NI numbers, birth dates and bank account data.

The firm argued at the time it was forced to pay £2m to resolve a breach that was no fault of its own.

By Phil Muncaster

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