Study Eligibility

Victim Interviews

There are currently three criteria for eligibility in the victim interview portion of the Personal Data & Identity Theft (PDIT) Study. All participants must:

  1. Be 18 years of age or older by the date of first participation
  2. Speak English
  3. Have experienced at least one instance of identity theft, defined as someone else using your personal data (such as a credit or debit card number, Social Security Number, or bank account information) without your permission to buy something, get cash or services, pay bills, take out a loan, or open a credit card or financial account

If you have any questions or concerns about your eligibility to participate in a victim interview, please contact us.

For more information about the victim interviews, please visit the Interviews page.

Key Informant Interviews

There are no strict eligibility criteria for participation in the key informant interview portion of the Personal Data & Identity Theft (PDIT) Study. Broadly speaking, we are looking for people with particular knowledge of or experience in organizational or policymaking settings related to the resolution of individual cases of identity theft. This includes such areas as working to assist individuals in recovering their identities, investigating the merits of particular claims, developing policies or practices related to resolving identity theft, and training others in how to perform any of these tasks.

For more information about the key informant interviews, please visit the Interviews page.

Organizational Partnerships

As with key informant interviews, there are no strict eligibility criteria for organizations involved in the ethnographic portion of the Personal Data & Identity Theft (PDIT) Study. We are looking to partner with organizations or government agencies involved in the process of resolving identity theft, including (but not limited to):

  • Government agencies
  • Law enforcement
  • Financial institutions and businesses (e.g. banks, credit card companies, credit bureaus,┬áinsurance companies, debt collectors)
  • Victim assistance organizations

For more information about the ethnographic portion of the study, visit the page on Organizational Partners.