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FTC to Hold Public Conference on Identity Theft
Friday, October 21, 2016 6:10 AM

Event Will Take Place May 24, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission has announced it will host an all-day conference, “Planning For the Future,” examining the state of identity theft now and how it may evolve in the future. The event will take place on May 24, 2017, in Washington, DC. The conference will be free and open to the public, and will be livestreamed.

Next year will mark the 10-year anniversary of the executive order creating the federal Identity Theft Task Force, which was co-chaired by the FTC. Despite numerous advances in combating identity theft, identity theft remains a top consumer complaint each year. The Department of Justice statistics show that millions of consumers are victims of identity theft.

The conference will bring together academics, business and industry representatives, government experts and consumer advocates to discuss the ways in which identity theft affects consumers and how that has changed in the last decade.

The FTC event will look at the full life cycle of identity theft, addressing how identity thieves acquire consumers’ information and what information they seek most often, as well as the cost and ease with which consumers’ data can be acquired. In addition, the conference will examine how identity thieves use information, and how they may attempt to use it in the future.

Further, the conference will examine how to quantify the impact of identity theft, from financial and economic harms to the broader impact on public safety. The conference will also assess what resources are available to identity theft victims and their effectiveness in helping victims recover.

The FTC is also seeking public comment on these issues to help inform the discussion. More information about the conference will be available in the coming weeks on the event webpage.