FOIL Update – Vicarious Liability

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  • FOIL
  • FOIL Ireland
  • FOIL select
  • London FOIL

The appellant operated a chain of supermarkets and employed Mr. Skelton on its internal audit team. In July 2013, Mr. Skelton received a verbal warning after disciplinary proceedings for minor misconduct and bore a grievance against the defendant thereafter. In November 2013, Mr. Skelton was tasked with transmitting payroll data for the appellant’s entire workforce to its external auditors, as he had done the previous year. He did so, but also made and kept a personal copy of the data. In early 2014, he used this to upload a file containing the data to a publicly accessible file sharing website.

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