Kristin M. Finklea, Identity Theft: Trends and Issues (CRS Report R40599) (Jan. 16, 2014) (full-text).
This report first provides a brief federal legislative history of identity theft laws. It analyzes the current trends in identity theft, including prevalent identity theft-related crimes, the federal agencies involved in combating identity theft, and the trends in identity theft complaints and prosecutions. The report also discusses the relationship between data breaches and identity theft as well as possible effects of the FTC's Identity Theft Red Flags Rule, effective December 31, 2010. It also examines possible issues for Congress to consider.