national ID fraud prevention week: unclear on the concept

Peter Tomlinson pwt at
Mon Oct 18 14:39:16 BST 2010

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Tom Yates wrote:
> having learned from the grauniad [1] that this week is national ID 
> fraud prevention week, and that to mark it "A guide, supported by 
> organisations including the Metropolitan police, the National Fraud 
> Authority and the Federation of Small Businesses, can be found at 
>", i went off to get a copy, from 
> .
> the guide, now i've read it, offers such useful gems as "Be wary of 
> publishing identifying information about yourself online", in which 
> class they include your full name and pictures of your employer.
> amusingly, they require you to give your full name, employer (company 
> affiliation) and email address in an insecure web form before allowing 
> you to access the leaflet.  afaict, they don't validate any of the 
> data, though i'm not sure whether that makes me more or less depressed.

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