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bbcThe Home Office has denied a report the personal details of millions of Britons could be sold to help pay for the introduction of identity cards.
The Independent on Sunday newspaper reported card-holders' details could be sold to private companies for an initial cost of £750 each.
Immigration Minister Tony McNulty said banks would be able to verify card details against a database - for a fee.
But he said any claim the information would be sold was "without foundation".
Retailers are among the industry groups being invited to join a recent incarnation of the federal Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) specifically intended for critical infrastructure owners and operators and designed to help share unclassified information to guard against terrorist attacks.
The network sends real-time information to its members, according to the retail federation release. Participants also may use the system “to discuss day-to-day security issues” and “to share information on suspicious activities with federal authorities.”