Thieves stocking up on ID data


One of the
reasons ID cards will never work, and why they should never be introduced is
that the data is stored centrally. Eggs all in one basket. That makes it vulnerable
to theft, and the thieves are starting early, getting ahead of the game.

This latest incident
in the
US is only the latest of a number of huge data thefts
both in the
US and the UK, and it highlights perfectly why ID cards
will help no-one except the thieves and a dictator. 

Sensitive
personal information on 2.9 million
Georgia residents is at risk after a company lost
a CD that contained the details.

It is at least
the third such blunder in less than a week and raises serious doubts about the
measures private companies and public officials take to safeguard individuals
from identity theft.
 

Making
matters worse Banks in the UK regularly throw your data away, into rubbish
bins
, making it easier still for those who would steal your identity.

ID
cards will not solve the problem, it will make it worse. The Daily Mail has
shown on several occasions how easy it is to clone the RFID chips in passports,
the same chips that will be used in ID cards. Which leads me to the question as
to why the government is deliberately ensuring that all RFID chips to be used
by the Passport and Identity Service (PIS) oops, Identity and Passport
Service (
IPS) are NOT to be encrypted. That is surely what they are doing, taking
the PIS.

 

Information
Commissioner’s Office (U.K.).
There is a rising trend in data theft incidents across the globe. In fact,
there have been some high profile cases of data-theft in the
U.K. itself. Agrees Evans. “Data theft
generally is a growing problem in the
United Kingdom. As set out in our report “What Price
Privacy?” (footnote page 12)
our office received 109 section 55 Data Protection Act complaint cases (which
include alleged ‘data theft’ offences) between April 2005 and January 2006,” he
says.

According to the KPMG Forensic’s Fraud Barometer, there has been more fraud
(£653m) in the first six months of 2006 than in the whole of the most recent
years.

Just
a few examples from the
UK

Kidscape,  Internet,
FSA,
 Halifax,
NHS,
Nationwide,
 

A
few more from the
US, where much of our traders
and internet data ends up anyway.

Bank of
America
,  Internet,
 TK
Maxx
,  
George Mason University,  Towers
Perrin
,  ChoicePoint,,  Chicago
Teachers
,

Where the stolen
data goes, India
where most of our call centres are based.


Last
year the government scrapped the
Confidentiality Charter that let businesses
report IT crime in confidence directly to the police, new research
by the organisers of the Infosecurity Europe event has revealed that a third of
corporate IT security breaches in the
UK currently go unreported. 

Effort needs to
go into protecting the data that’s out there already. ID cards wont work, we don’t
want them, the government needs to get the priorities right for the real
protection of its citizens. 

This government has made it
easier for the thief, but wants to blame you for the problem.

 

NuLab – Destroying Britain from the inside out.

 


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About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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