• Executive Summary
  • 1. Introduction
  • 1.1 Resume of Study Objectives
  • 1.2 Methodological Approach and Research Plan
  • 1.3 Structure of the Final Report
  • 2. What is Identity Theft?
  • 2.1 Overview – What is Identity Theft?
  • 2.2 Key Elements in Defining Identity Theft
  • 2.3 Review of Existing Definitions
  • 2.4 Towards a Common Definition
  • 2.5 Identity Theft and Fundamental Rights
  • 2.6 Conclusions – Definition of Identity Theft
  • 3. Problem of Identity Theft
  • 3.1 Identity Theft Problem Tree and Intervention Logic
  • 3.2 Drivers of the Identity Theft Problem
  • 3.3 Identity Theft Methods – Online and Offline
  • 3.4 Types of Identity Theft Information and Victims
  • 3.5 Cross-border Dimension of the Problem
  • 3.6 Conclusions – Problem of Identity Theft
  • 4. Quantification of Identity Theft Problem
  • 4.1 Overview
  • 4.2 Number of Identity Theft Victims
  • 4.3 Costs and Other Effects of Identity Theft
  • 4.4 Impact on the EU Economy and the Wider Society
  • 4.5 Conclusions – Impact of Identity Theft
  • 5. National Perspectives & Existing Measures
  • 5.1 Identity Theft Legislation and Institutional Frameworks
  • 5.2 Identity Verification Systems and Preventative Aspects
  • 5.3 Identity Theft Reporting Systems and Victim Support
  • 5.4 International Cooperation in Investigations
  • 5.5 Conclusions – National Perspectives and Existing Measures
  • 6. EU Policy Objectives & Options
  • 6.1 Policy Objectives
  • 6.2 Intervention Logic
  • 6.3 Overview – Policy Options
  • 6.4 Policy Option 1: Status Quo
  • 6.5 Policy Option 2: Non-legislative EU action
  • 6.6 Policy Option 3: EU Legislative Action
  • 6.7 Policy Option 4: Combined Action
  • 7. Impact Assessment
  • 7.1 Assessment Framework
  • 7.2 Overview of the Impact of Policy Options
  • 7.3 Assessment of Policy Option 1 – Status Quo
  • 7.4 ...2 – Non Legislative EU Action
  • 7.5 ...3 – EU Legislative Action
  • 7.6 ...4 – Combined Action
  • 7.7 Political Feasibility of the Policy Options
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  • 8. Summary & Overall Conclusions
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