Data Protection Police Probing Tesco's Lacklustre Security Systems

By Gary Cutlack on at

Those high-profile complaints about the security of Tesco's online shopping system have reached the desk/inbox/whiteboard of the Information Commissioners Office, which is said to be looking into the many issues raised by security experts.

Tesco came under criticism for possibly storing user passwords in plain text and committing the classic error of mailing them out to customers should they request a reminder, plus many outdated technologies and other potential problems with the supermarket's shopping system were uncovered by self-appointed experts in online safety.

The Information Commissioners Office, which oversees data privacy in the UK, has confirmed it's talking to Tesco about the problems raised, although it's not given out any more info on the questions it's asking of the retail giant's tech team. [BBC]