Morrisons Ruling Lets U.K. Employers Off the Hook for Rogue Employee Data Leaks

Employers can rest a little easier after the U.K. Supreme Court’s unanimous April 1 decision overturning a Court of Appeal’s 2018 finding that Morrisons, a U.K. supermarket chain, was vicariously liable for the data breach committed by a rogue employee. The 2018 appellate decision had shocked many practitioners because of its broad interpretation of vicarious liability. The Cybersecurity Law Report spoke with Bird & Bird partner Ruth Boardman, Cooley partner Mark Deem and Dentons partner Antonis Patrikios about the significance and implications of the decision. This was “certainly a sensible judgement,” which was “good news for employers,” and a result “that many in the economy (including insurers) were hoping for,” Patrikios said. See “U.K. Employers on the Hook for Rogue Employee Data Leaks Post-Morrisons” (Feb. 27, 2019).

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