This week has been a bad one for companies when it comes to personal information, what with TalkTalk now in the sights to take thousands of pounds (maybe even millions) of lawsuits after someone accessed their systems. This time, it refers to something that happened a little longer ago with almost 100,00 staff details being posted online.
The cause of the lawsuit refers back to 2013 when the staff details first appeared on various file-sharing websites. The cause of the post? One of the company auditors, Andrew Skelton, was responsible for posting the information online.
Skelton has since received an eight-year jail sentence for posting the details online, but the damage was done. With the details in the open the staff are now arguing that Morrisons should have done, and could have done, more to protect their data from being taken out and posted online.
Nick McAleenan is a data privacy lawyer representing the staff, who stated that his clients believe that the data led to the risk of identity theft and potential loss, all of which could have been prevented if the company had done more.
With the size of the claim unannounced, and Morrisons denying it is responsible it looks like yet another company could be facing financial trouble following from their customer data being exposed online.