Ofcom worried about online ID fraud

Comms regulator Ofcom seems to have woken up to the problem of online ID fraud, publishing the results of a survey on Friday that claims to show that the numbers of online punters worried about the issue has risen by 15 per cent in the last two years.

On top of this, 69 per cent of the survey's respondents said they are also concerned about the level of personal data that companies hold on them.

Interestingly, researchers also found there has been decline in the number of households with Internet access having blocking software or controls for online access, particular in households with older children.

The regulator says this is mainly due to parents' beliefs in their child's ability to self-regulate their Internet behaviour.

Amazingly, four in five parents who have not set controls say they have not done so because they trust their child to be responsible.

Jeez - talk about being too trusting. Considering some of the seriously obscene material there is on t'Internet - and which I saw at a Police security conference recently - I suspect most parents are too naive...