Feeds

MP to press for action over PowerGen debacle in Commons

This house believes heads should roll

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Boost IT visibility and business value

Labour MP Derek Wyatt is planning to quiz ministers in the House of Commons next week on Web security.

Wyatt - who also heads The Associate Parliamentary Internet Group (APIG) - will table questions on Monday regarding this week's security blunder at PowerGen. He also plans to probe the government on why no-one is accepting responsibility for investigating this cock-up, which exposed the personal details and credit card numbers of thousands of customers on the company's Web site.

Today he told The Register: "There doesn't seem to be a government minister responsible for this area. Why is that?

"If Britain is supposed to be leading the world in e-commerce, someone has to take responsibility."

Wyatt's comments follow the apparent slow response to the PowerGen debacle from the Data Protection Commissioner Elizabeth France - who today said the organisation had written to Powergen informing them there would be an investigation, the utility regulator Ofgem or the Department of Trade and Industry.

"It's important we get this tied down as to which minister in which department is responsible," he added.

When asked who he thought this should be, he suggested either Competition and Consumer Affairs Minister Kim Howells, E-commerce Minister Patricia Hewitt or Home Secretary Jack Straw.

According to Wyatt, the PowerGen security breach highlights the weaknesses of ventures such as TrustUK - the government-backed e-hallmark launched this week. "It's simply not strong enough, is it - if it cannot stop incidents like this?"

"The issue is confidence on the Net, and confidence in e-trading," he said.

Wyatt's questions are due to get an airing during Wednesday's Commons debate on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Bill. ®

Related Stories

Powergen stems flow to bloody nose
Powergen gives lessons on stupidity
Powergen credit card security cock-up

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years
Man jailed for dodgy cinema recording of Hollywood movie
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?