Thousands of current and former Morrisons staff have taken the grocery giant to court in a class action over damages brought about from a data leak.
The case at London’s High Court today regards a breach of security in 2014 when a former senior internal auditor at Morrisons’ Bradford headquarters posted the payroll information of nearly 100,000 employees on the internet.
The details included their bank, salary and national insurance details, addresses and phone numbers.
The case is being viewed as the first data leak class action in the UK, with legal experts predicting it could have implications for every individual and business in the country.
The two-week trial is concerned with the issue of liability and involves claims brought by 5518 current and former staff who allege that Morrisons failed to prevent the leak.
They also allege that it exposed them to identity theft and potential financial loss, and that the retailer is responsible for breaches of privacy, confidence and data protection laws.
Morrisons denies liability.