Public backs ID cards to beat identity theft
Source: ComputerWeekly.co.uk - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Privacy The public believes that ID cards are the best solution to identity theft and fraud, according to a survey published this week. More than half of those polled (57%) said ID cards were their first or second preferred method to protect themselves against identity theft, the survey of 1,000 people aged 16 to 64 showed. But George Platt, general manager of US voice automation firm Intervoice, which commissioned the UK survey, warned that ID cards would “do nothing? to prevent ID theft through telephone or online purchasing.

“It's a step in the right direction but it’s a multifaceted problem that just an ID card won’t solve,? he said. Worries over identity theft were starting to affect online and telephone sales, the survey found. Nearly one in five (19%) of respondents had stopped making telephone purchases and 17% had abandoned online banking because of identity theft fears. Another 13% had stopped shopping online.

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