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Identity fraud and identity theft are major issues in Internet regulation. They have become the major focus of cyber crime initiatives and debate. Legislation has recently been passed in the US that critics say will create a de facto national ID card. Backed by the REAL ID Act of 2005, the US will soon bring into place massive reforms to standardise driver’s licenses and personal identification cards, effectively paving the way for a system of national identification.

This article describes the key aspects of the US REAL ID Act and some of the controversy that has surrounded this proposal. The article concludes with an examination of the potential impact of this development in Australia.

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