In the UK, a member of the House of Lords has claimed that the government is putting too many resources into the ID cards scheme, whilst ignoring the growing problem of e-crime. Lord Erroll today said that whilst ID was very much on the political agenda, e-crime was not.

He questioned the technology - such as biometrics - that the government is planning to implement for identity control, saying one in 200 DNA matches is incorrect. He added that the police required more resources for labour-intensive computer forensics work.

He said: "The problem is when you have all the technology. All of these things are not perfect. The Home Office worries about policing but there is a huge drought of forensic research resources and that can take up an awful lot of police time."