Less of a gamble? Proponents of identity cards say they are as secure as passports for use in financial transactions, but there are concerns that the supporting infrastructures needs to be equally reliable

Identity cards have been largely welcomed by the banking sector for their ability to efficiently prove customers' ID when they open accounts or enrol for new products and services - and it is only a matter of time before their use increases, with economies around the world introducing variations of the fast-growing technology. Writer Wendy Atkins

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