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ERIC Number: EJ917932
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0276-8739
Do Data Breach Disclosure Laws Reduce Identity Theft?
Romanosky, Sasha; Telang, Rahul; Acquisti, Alessandro
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, v30 n2 p256-286 Spr 2011
In the United States, identity theft resulted in corporate and consumer losses of $56 billion dollars in 2005, with up to 35 percent of known identity thefts caused by corporate data breaches. Many states have responded by adopting data breach disclosure laws that require firms to notify consumers if their personal information has been lost or stolen. Although the laws are expected to reduce identity theft, their effect has yet to be empirically measured. We use panel data from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to estimate the impact of data breach disclosure laws on identity theft from 2002 to 2009. We find that adoption of data breach disclosure laws reduce identity theft caused by data breaches, on average, by 6.1 percent. (Contains 6 tables, 7 figures and 20 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States