Vicarious liability and data protection: Court of Appeal judgment in Morrisons case - Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc v Various Claimants [CA] 22.10.18

Mon, 29 Oct 2018

The common law remedy of vicarious liability of an employer for its employee's misuse of private information and breach of confidence was not expressly or impliedly excluded by the Data Protection Act 1998, notwithstanding that the Act itself excluded an employer's liability for wrongful processing of personal data by an employee. The employer was vicariously liable for the employee's acts away from the workplace where those acts formed a sequence of planned events leading to the commission of the wrongdoing.

Category: Negligence »  Employers' liability; Vicarious liability. Keyword(s): Data protection; Confidentiality. Area(s) of law: Employment; Public Sector; Technology and Information; Litigation; DP & Cybersecurity.
Source: [2018] EWCA Civ 2339; Times 10.12.18


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