Identity Theft: Who Is Using Your Name?

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Technology has advanced at a tremendous pace over the last decade. These advancements have produced immense benefits to the population, but have also increased opportunities for criminal activity. Traditional crimes are being perpetuated in a different environment, with different tools, and targeting different victims. Identity theft is a form of larceny that may destroy a person’s reputation and causes emotional and financial havoc, with long-lasting effects. Consequently, while research has progressed, it has been a constant struggle to keep up with the evolution of the crime and the subsequent policy and legislative responses of governments. This study investigates the rise of identity theft in Canada and its implications for individuals, businesses, governments, and other public bodies. The main objective of the research is to recommend ways Canadian legislation and policies can keep up to date with the accelerated growth of identity theft and fraud.
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