Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act of 1998

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Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act of 1998

Commonly abbreviated ITADA. Legislation in the United States that made it a federal offense to use another person's identifying information to commit a federal, state or local crime. It also authorized the Federal Trade Commission to register complaints of identity theft and all federal law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute them. The passage of ITADA marked the first time that identity theft became a crime in itself in the United States.
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Identity theft, as the legislative history of ITADA amply demonstrates, is a serious problem.
98) Most of the other states, except Colorado and Vermont, (99) have followed Arizona and have enacted statutes dealing with identity theft to some extent, some before and others after ITADA was passed in 1998.
106) The ITADA is similar to the state laws that contain open ended language making identity theft a crime for "any unlawful activity.