privacy laws mainly protect criminals

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    I have said this before but here is more evidence;

    ABC Online;
    Credit reporting agency Dun and Bradstreet says identity fraud is increasing in Australia, and the states' privacy laws are allowing it to go unchecked.

    The agency estimates the crime is costing the Australian economy $1 billion a year.

    Part of Dun and Bradstreet's job is to assess the financial background of credit applicants to evaluate their risk to a financial institution.

    The agency says it is noticing a rise in the number of people claiming a different identity to gain credit, regularly detecting fake birth and marriage certificates, as well as people assuming false identities.

    Spokeswoman Christine Christian says while that type of fraud can be detected, others types are harder.

    Financial institutions in Australia cannot check a person's identity to see if they are listed as deceased.

    Ms Christian says that has given rise to people impersonating the dead to obtain credit cards or bank accounts.

    Ms Christian has called on all attorneys-general to change their privacy laws to allow greater access to personal records.

    She says sensible law changes will help eliminate the fraud.

    In other developments:
    Tens of thousands of Australians are at risk of computer fraud because their personal information is being made available illegally by workers inside call centres based in India.

    Dave R.
 
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