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LIABILITY: Vicarious liability of data controllers: The Morrisons data breach case

Various Claimants v. Wm Morrisons Supermarket plc, the High Court of Justice Queen’s Bench Division, [2017] EWHC 3113 (QB), Case No: HQ15X05099, 1 December 2017

Following the conviction of Andrew Skelton, a former Morrisons employee, after he published Morrisons’ employees’ personal details on a file sharing website, a group of over 5,500 employees of Morrisons took action against the supermarket to recover compensation for breach of a statutory duty under the UK Data Protection Act 1998 (‘DPA’), as well as for breach of confidence and misuse of private information.

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