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Leek supermarket employee unhappy about personal data theft at Morrisons

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 26, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

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A supermarket employee in Leek has said they have lost faith in the company they work for after their personal details, as well as colleagues' from across the country, were stolen and published on the internet.

Morrisons has confirmed that an employee was arrested in Leeds last Monday, March 17, as part of the West Yorkshire Police's investigation into the theft of data, which has affected 100,000 employees.

A spokesman for Morrisons said: "The company will be continuing to work with the police.

"On Thursday, March 13, Morrisons was made aware that data from its staff payroll system had been stolen, published on the internet and sent on a disc to a newspaper.

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"Morrisons immediately ensured it was taken off the website.

"There was no loss of customer data.

"Since then, Morrisons has taken the following actions to safeguard colleagues' personal data:

"We have advised colleagues on the measures we are taking to protect their security. This includes the setting up of a helpline to assist concerned colleagues.

"We have purchased support from Exper3ian that will detect misuse of colleague information and protect against identity fraud

"We have informed the UK banks of the data theft to ensure they take the appropriate measures to protect account security."

However, an employee who works at the Leek Morrisons has told the Post & Times that they have "lost faith" in the firm after this incident.

The employee, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "We have been told that the majority of staff have been exposed.

"The information that was exposed included our name, address, sex, national insurance number, date of birth, bank account number as well as sort code, and for some people their telephone number.

"My trust in Morrisons has completely gone.

"A lot of my colleagues have already changed their bank accounts.

"I am wondering if I should do the same.

"Management say that they have respect for us, but how can they if someone from head office has done this?

"I don't see any reason why they have done this?

"What can they gain from doing this?

"I just want people to realise what has happened.

"I will be looking for another job as my trust in the company has gone forever."

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