Identity Cards

Home Department written question – answered on 5th December 2005.

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Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Labour, Tooting

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the identity cards scheme in helping to tackle online fraud.

Photo of Andy Burnham Andy Burnham Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

Through the use of remote authentication technologies, there is an opportunity for the identity card scheme to combat online fraud. Currently , the identity cards programme is looking at various alternatives that allow the implementation of secure remote authentication including use of one-time password technology. These technologies offer a mechanism to obtain greater assurance of the identity of individuals during internet transactions.

Work is continuing with representative groups from both private and public sectors to assess how these technologies might be used to supplement existing procedures in practice. However, no final decisions regarding these options have been taken. As a result, no quantifiable benefits connected with online fraud have, as yet, been claimed with the scheme's benefits case.

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