Supermarket Morrisons is facing a lawsuit from members of its own staff, after a data breach saw the personal details of thousands of employees leaked by a disgruntled worker.
It comes after around 100,000 staff members were affected by a data breach perpetrated by Andrew Skelton, an auditor at the company. He was jailed for eight years in July after Bradford Crown Court heard how he sent the information to newspapers and placed it on data sharing websites.
Morrisons has already faced fees of around £2 million to rectify the problem, which included giving the affected employees free credit monitoring services.
The incident highlights the threat all companies face from internal individuals with a grudge against their employer, and the new lawsuit could determine whether enterprises can be held liable for the actions of such individuals who leak or destroy data.
Data Privacy lawyer at JMW Solicitors Nick McAleenan said: “Whenever employers are given personal details of their staff, they have a duty to look after them. That is especially important given that most companies now gather and manage such material digitally.”
Around 2,000 people are taking part in the group action, which will be heard at the High Court.
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