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Volume 471: debated on Thursday 31 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to educate people about the identity risks they face when providing personal information to social networking sites. (182732)

The Government have taken a number of steps to educate the public on the risks of identity theft. The Identity Fraud Steering Committee was set up to put in place measures to tackle identity fraud and has produced the website: to provide advice to the public on how to protect against the threat of identity fraud.

Further to this the joint Government and industry initiative GetSafeOnline gives the public detailed advice on identity risks on social networking sites.

The Government are about to publish a Social Networking Guidance which has been produced in partnership with industry. In developing this Guidance, the providers of such services have shown great commitment to helping ensure the safety of their users, and to educating them on possible consequences of making public personal information.