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Forum to examine ID management

Chancellor Gordon Brown has appointed James Crosby, chief executive of HBOS, to lead a new public private forum on identity management.

The forum aims to examine how identity management technologies can be used by Whitehall and the public sector to combat fraud.

The creation of the group comes in the wake of leaked e-mails revealing civil servants’ concerns over the progress of the government’s £5.8bn ID card programme.

“The costs of identity fraud are growing, one in four criminals use false identities and as many as one in five companies could be hit by identity fraud,” said Brown.

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