Australia's identity card system was routinely searched for personal reasons by government agency employees, some of whom have been sacked.
Police are now investigating allegations of identity fraud resulting from the security breaches.
There were 790 security breaches at government agency Centrepoint involving 600 staff. Staff were found to have inappropriately accessed databases containing citizens' information. The databases are part of a massive federal Government smart card project which will link medical, welfare, tax and other personal data on Australia's 17m citizens.
Monday, August 28, 2006
Yet another argument against ID cards - Australian edition
The Register reports: