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Identity Theft is Easy with a TV Camera

First published: 21st October 2009

At the end of the UK's National Identity Fraud Prevention Week, Sophos researchers Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault took to the streets of Bristol with a TV camera to find out how willing people were to divulge personal information. Most were willing to provide name, date of birth and email address. Then came the key question:

Would you give your personal identifiable information to a complete stranger?

With answers ranging from:

What, like I just did now? Obviously, yes I will.

To the rather less aware:


Although the angle presented is identity fraud, considering the current Review of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance in Hong Kong, there are a lot of wider questions to ask:

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