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Aer Lingus to stop storing payment cards over security concerns

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I got an interesting email from Aer Lingus yesterday saying that it was deleting the credit card details that I had stored in my Aer Club account profile.

It said:

We are making changes to how we store account holder’s payment card details across AerLingus.com and the Aer Lingus app.

Aer Lingus to stop storing payment cards

As of 7th April, you will no longer be able to use saved payment card details to make purchases with us or save new payment card details to your account in the future.

These changes are being made to meet the highest industry standards in payment card fraud prevention and to meet our commitment to PCI (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) compliance.

I’m not entirely clear if Aer Lingus is actually saying: “our IT is rubbish and doesn’t meet modern security standards, so we can’t look after your credit card details any longer” or if it is genuinely taking a pragmatic stance that the risk vs reward trade-off is no longer worth it.

The large fines dished out to British Airways and Marriott over data breaches may be a factor here. I would imagine that a company is less likely to face major punishment if a breach only revealed frequent flyer and email details as opposed to payment card numbers.

Comments (18)

  • Charlie says:

    Dell XPS 13 is standard issue laptop at my work, they recently deployed hundreds of them to staff.

    Really really good screen, not touch screen but the very large touchpad allows gestures that let you zoom and scroll easily like an iPad.

    • patrick C says:

      You can get it with touch as well, but less battery life due to 4k
      Easily yje best laptop on the market bar none and an excellent alternative to mac where the hardware is overpriced and the OS is really a decade behind…

      • Rob says:

        I have a 15 incher and never got on with it (Rhys and Anika are very happy with theirs). First reason is that they are tediously dull pieces of equipment, giving you the look of a photocopier salesman. I subsequently bought multiple HP Spectre laptops which are substantially funkier.

        Second reason is that the rubbery carbon fibre-style surround picks up oil from your fingers and never comes fully clean. Can’t knock the build or screen quality though.

  • Lynn says:

    I have just received an email notifying me that the World Premier Credit card fees are being waived this year

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