UK: Plymouth Passport Office’s pitiful password privacy

A blog post by Graham Cluley really resonated here this week.  It begins:

The Plymouth Herald reports on what appears to be an easy-to-avoid gaffe.

An eagle-eyed passer-by spotted a password on clear display at Her Majesty’s Passport Office in Ebrington Street, scrawled on a flipchart leaning against an upper window.

The paper contacted the UK Home Office, and the response was…. not what one might home for.  Graham outlines what was less than appropriate about the Home Office’s response and logic, and ends with a bullet:

Finally, don’t sound annoyed when someone points out a potential security issue! Be grateful that they are being your eyes and ears, and alerted you to something that you didn’t notice.

Indeed. Shooting the messenger is never appropriate.

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