Identity theft costs Britain billions

By Derek Sooman on February 2, 2006, 12:49 PM
Seemingly, the UK makes loses of about 1.7 billion pounds (3.06 billion US dollars) a year to identity theft, according to Andy Burnham, the Home Office minister. This amounts to an average loss of 35 pounds (about 63 dollars) per person, and highlights again the controversial issue of identity cards in the UK, which have long been called for. The cost of introducing this technology has long been a prohibitive factor, but there are increasingly calls for the initiative to get underway even in light of the hefty bill, as the issue of identity theft becomes more and more urgent.

Burnham said national ID cards could be "a major breakthrough" for ID protection, citing "fingerprint or eye scan"on the cards together with the owner's name, address and date of birth would give people "much greater control over the use of their identity" and prevent criminals registering multiple identities.




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Need_a_Dell said:
This is a really disturbing statistic. It's hard to believe that that much money is going missing every year. As expensive as it may be to incorporate this new technology into someone's ID, in the long run it will end up saving them millions upon millions of pounds. These steps will have to be taken in order for the identity theft to become obsolete. With these new ID's, it will be like taking a step into the future a la Minority Report, or Blade Runner. Britain is definitly on the right track and hopefully other countries will follow suit.
nathanskywalker said:
[quote]Burnham said national ID cards could be "a major breakthrough" for ID protection, citing "fingerprint or eye scan"on the cards together with the owner's name, address and date of birth would give people "much greater control over the use of their identity" and prevent criminals registering multiple identities.[/quote]Mabye, mabye not. More security is not always the anwer. Common sense would help. If more people were educated on how to protect their own identies, thiefs would havve a much more difficult area in which to work.
MonkeyMan said:
Wow, we are getting closer and closer to the revelation spoken of in the bible. The use of these new ID cards, could be used to control the entire world. They do not understand that introducing technology like this, will cause greater security, but will move to the point of being able to control the way ppl do things. We are getting so close to the end times, and I urge you all to go to church, and get ready for the second coming of christ. Pray and ask for your forgiveness, because this is the only way you will be welcomed into gods paradise and his acceptance. Be one with each other, and love your neighbors and the ppl of world, regardless of what they have done to you, or to someone else. Forgive them all for their sins God, in Jesus's name, Amen.
Vaulden said:
I have mixed feelings about this. I'm all for new technology, but it isn't always the answer. New security technology is almost always followed by new ways to circumvent it.The statement "Burnham said national ID cards could be "a major breakthrough" for ID protection" bothers me as well. To implement something this drastic "could be" doesn't seem like enough reason.I'm not saying it's necessarily a bad move. I just hope they go through every option and all reasoning thoroughly before making a decision.
gamingmage said:
That is a lot of money to be lost in just one year. I wonder how much the U.S. loses each year. Well I think that they should go for the Identification cards because the bill however high, can't be much higher than 1.6 billion pounds. On the other hand they could just give advice to people and try to find a different way to handle the problem.
Cy6erpuke said:
With some foresight a lot of money can be saved. We are not far from being chipped at birth. All-in-one approach to tracking and identity issues. Just think how nice this would be in case of kidnapping and naughty teenagers :)
Race said:
Obviously, ID theft is a huge and costly problem around the world.I'm a supporter of biometrics and security. Not only will it help against identity theft, but security in computer networks, cell phones, ATM's, smart cards, passports, drivers licenses, not to mention not having to remember pins and passwords. Educating people in protecting their identity certainly helps, but can only go so far.It won't be cheap, but ID cards using retinal scans, fingerprints, etc. for verification and identification will go a long way in fighting identity theft, and more.
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