Is an employer liable for deliberate data breaches by a disgruntled employee?


2nd April 2020

Employment expert Vicky Schollar has written an article, which was first published in HR Magazine on 2 April, looking at a recent case that focused on liability for data breaches.

The Supreme Court found that an employer isn’t liable for deliberate data breaches by a disgruntled employee. The case related to an employee of Morrisons, Andrew Skelton, who had intentionally leaked the personal data of thousands of his colleagues and whether Morrisons should be held vicariously liable for his actions.

To minimise the risk of such a breach and to protect their organisation, employers should ensure they have a clear and up-to-date Data Protection Policy, Staff Privacy Notice and Appropriate Policy Document.

Read the article in full here.

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