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Interdisciplinary Centre for Law, Internet and Culture (iCLIC)


ILAWS is involved in a major international project to look at the complex nature of identity, both online and in the real world.

The three year research study, which will investigate our ‘Super-Identity' is tackling the issues associated with unreliable and counterfeit identification and provide a faster and more efficient way of revealing previously hidden identity information.

Professor Steve Saxby, is the project's in-house lawyer providing legal advice on the conduct of the research and its deployment at the end of the study.

The National Fraud Authority, which is part of the Home Office, estimated in 2012 that the risks of identity fraud, and its knock-on effects, cost the UK more than £2.7 billion a year.

Researchers hope the Super-Identity project - a collaboration between the universities of Southampton, Bath, Dundee, Kent, Leicester, Oxford, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (USA), will provide a solution to the challenge of delivering informed identification decisions.

The £1.85 million project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) supported by the USA's Department of Homeland Security.

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Professor Steve Saxby

Professor of IT Law and Public Policy

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