UK: Vicarious liability for data security breaches by employees

James Hyde writes:


Axon v Ministry of Defence and News Group Newspapers Ltd [2016] EWHC 787 (QB)

The High Court dismissed a claim for misuse of private information and breach of confidence brought by a former Commanding Officer of a Royal Navy frigate, against the Ministry of Defence where a fellow employee disclosed confidential information to The Sun. In doing so the court held that employers can be vicariously liable for data security breaches committed by their employees.

Read more about the case and opinion on Eversheds.

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