Two of the biggest banking companies have joined 14 technology-oriented heavyweights from other fields in an alliance that hopes to succeed where others have struggled in trying to ease consumers' Internet privacy concerns.

The new group, the International Security, Trust, and Privacy Alliance, is one of at least 20 such initiatives. What differentiates it is a focus on technology standards rather than policy issues, said Reid Watts, a member of the alliance who is also vice president of NCR Corp., the automated teller machine manufacturer.

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