Australia rules out national ID database


NEWS.com.au reports that the Australian Attorney-General has ruled out a national ID card because it would increase the dangers of identity theft:

Mr Ruddock told a security technology conference in Sydney today a national ID card could actually compromise Australians’ security.

“We haven’t supported an approach where all personal information is centralised on one database and a single form of identification is used,” Mr Ruddock told the gathering of government, security and business leaders.

“Such an approach could actually increase the risk of identity fraud because only one document would need to be counterfeited to establish an identity.”

Can someone explain this to Mr Clarke?