Supermarket Morrisons could be forced to pay compensation after rogue employee posted salary details online

Morrisons could be forced to pay compensation to workers whose data was stolen and leaked online by a former employee in 2014.

Internal auditor Andrew Skelton was jailed for eight years in 2015 for obtaining the names, addresses, bank account details and salaries of 5,518 employees and posting them online.

However a class action lawsuit on behalf of those affected claimed Morrisons was ultimately responsible because employees were at risk of identity theft and financial loss because of breaches of privacy and data protection law.

A High Court in Leeds has agreed, paving the way for a potential compensation claim.

“We welcome the judgment and believe that it is a landmark decision, being the first data leak class action in the UK,” said JMW Solicitors, who are representing the workers.

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