UK: Morrisons not liable for 2014 data breach, says Supreme Court

Alex Scroxton reports:

Supermarket chain Morrisons has succeeded in its appeal to the Supreme Court against judgments that held it liable for an insider data breach caused by a disgruntled employee.

In its unanimous judgment, the Supreme Court said previous judgments had fundamentally misunderstood the principles governing vicarious liability in a number of ways, most notably because disclosing the data online did not fall under Skelton’s “field of activities”, and that it was highly material if Skelton was acting under instruction from Morrisons or for personal reasons.

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