THOUSANDS of Morrisons staff should be compensated for the “upset” caused by their personal details being posted on the internet, the High Court has heard.
Lawyers say the case, the first mass data leak action of its kind in the UK, has potential implications for every individual and business.
Andrew Skelton, an auditor, had a grudge against the retailer and leaked the payroll data of nearly 100,000 staff in 2014. He was jailed for eight years.
Jonathan Barnes, counsel for 5,518 former and current Morrisons staff, yesterday told Mr Justice Langstaff in London that the company had been awarded £170,000 compensation against Skelton.
He said the employees “were victims too” but have received “no compensation for their distress or loss of control of the situation”.
Morrisons denies liability. The case continues.