ID fraud under the flashlights

It seems to be the week of ID fraud. A documentary on the BBC yesterday 3 April 2008 pointing out the work of the City of London’s Economic Crime Unit and of the anti-virus firm Sophos demonstrating how easy it is to install trojans and the like on anyone computers…
The documentary should undoubtedly raise awareness about ID fraud online and how to protect oneself efficiently

One thing that always buggers me is the fact that details of the civil registry and electoral rolls are freely available (date of birth…). At a time when ID fraud is thriving and difficult to detect before it is too late, I can’t understand why these personal information databases remain accessible to anyone.

Lastly, it is astonishing to realise that some do not see the threat caused by ID fraud and do not want to criminalise the use of stolen personal information! “ICO urges gov’t to retain data-theft laws” (2 April 2008),1000000189,39378353,00.htm

About Audrey Guinchard

Senior Lecturer @ University of Essex (UK)
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