Saturday 19 October 2019

Albert Heijn under fire over bonus card privacy: full of holes

The Albert Heijn supermarket discount card does not have proper security, enabling anyone to find out what a user has been buying, the Telegraaf reports on Thursday.

According to the Dutch consumers’ organisation Consumentenbond, anyone filling in a card number on the website or via the app can download what the card’s owner has bought over the past three months.

‘No one wants the fact they have bought a pregnancy test to become common knowledge,’ a spokesman told the Telegraaf.

The association thinks cards should also come with a pin code or password to guarantee user privacy.

A large part of the bonus card number is also included on the supermarket’s receipts. The two missing numbers are easy to discover because it is a standard code, the association said.

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