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The LSE identity project. House of Lords : All party briefing : identity fraud

Department of Information Systems, LSE ORCID: 0000-0003-1779-0814 (2006) The LSE identity project. House of Lords : All party briefing : identity fraud. . London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Last week, the Home Office published new figures, suggesting that the annual cost to the UK economy of identity fraud was £1.7 billion.1 The Home Office argued that “One way we can reduce the potential for identity fraud is to introduce a national identity card, backed by a National Identity Register, using biometric technology to crack down on multiple identities and secure personal data on behalf of the individual”. In chapter 8 of our June 2005 main report,2 we wrote at length about identity fraud and noted our concerns with the methodology used by the Government to measure identity fraud. We warned that focussing on ID cards as the key solution to identity fraud could actually make the problem worse. Our research status report published in January 2006, gave further evidence in support of our position.

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Additional Information: The Identity Project has published two reports on the Government's Identity card proposals. These reports have been widely discussed in the press and parliament. The Identity Project has been organized and sponsored by the LSE Department of Information Systems. Three department members, Simon Davies, Gus Hosein, and Edgar Whitley co-ordinated the production of the reports, overseen by an advisory committee of 16 LSE professors who guided the report. Numerous LSE staff members and an international team of 60 researchers contributed to, and reviewed, the reports. Published 2006 © Department of Information Systems, London School of Economics and Political Science. LSE has developed LSE Research Online so that users may access research output of the School. Copyright and Moral Rights for the papers on this site are retained by the individual authors and/or other copyright owners. Users may download and/or print one copy of any article(s) in LSE Research Online to facilitate their private study or for non-commercial research. You may not engage in further distribution of the material or use it for any profit-making activities or any commercial gain. You may freely distribute the URL (<>) of the LSE Research Online website.
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2006
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2021 00:06

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