An employer has been held liable for damages in respect of malicious disclosure of data by an employee.
In Various claimants v WM Morrison Supermarkets, High Court, 2017, www.bailii.org an aggrieved employee of Morrisons published payroll data on the internet from his computer at home.
Some 5,500 employees sued Morrisions in the civil courts for damages in respect of the disclosure. The High Court has held Morrisons vicariously liable for the action of its employee, even though the company was not at fault.
The High Court has granted Morrisons leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal.