Kerry Underwood

EMPLOYER LIABLE IN NEGLIGENCE FOR ALTERING EMPLOYEE’S PASSWORD

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Damages for Loss of Access to iTunes, LinkedIn, WhatsApp etc.

In

Richmond v Selecta Systems Ltd [2018] EWHC 1446 (Ch) (14 June 2018)

the Chancery Division of the High Court awarded the claimant £1,000 damages for loss of access to his iTunes library and the inconvenience of being unable to access his LinkedIn, WhatsApp and AOL accounts.

The claimant was employed by the defendant and during discussions over his departure, the employer accessed his company supplied laptop and phone and changed the passwords causing the loss set out above as the employer managed to lose the claimant’s iTunes library.

The claimant succeeded in an action for negligence.

The employer was entitled to protect its business interests by discovering whether there was any company information on the phone and iCloud and to delete it, but it was not entitled to alter passwords so as to affect the claimant’s use of his personal accounts.

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Written by kerryunderwood

January 16, 2019 at 3:31 pm

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