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BJS Releases Data Breach Notifications and Identity Theft, 2021

The Bureau of Justice Statistics, in the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, today released Data Breach Notifications and Identity Theft, 2021. This brief Just the Stats report provides data on persons age 16 or older who were notified that an entity with their personal information experienced a data breach.

The web report presents details on the types of identity theft that victims experienced. Data in this report are from the 2021 Identity Theft Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey.

“About 12% of people received a data breach notification in 2021, and victims of identity theft were twice as likely to have received one as nonvictims,” said Kevin M. Scott, PhD, acting director of BJS.

Title:Data Breach Notifications and Identity Theft, 2021 (NCJ 307824)
Author:Erika Harrell, PhD, BJS Statistician

About the Bureau of Justice Statistics

The Bureau of Justice Statistics of the U.S. Department of Justice is the principal federal agency responsible for collecting, analyzing and disseminating reliable statistics on crime and criminal justice in the United States. Kevin M. Scott, Ph.D, is the acting director. More information about BJS and criminal justice statistics can be found at bjs.ojp.gov.

About the Office of Justice Programs

The Office of Justice Programs provides federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance and other resources to improve the nation’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime; advance equity and fairness in the administration of justice; assist victims; and uphold the rule of law. More information about OJP and its components can be found at www.ojp.gov.


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CONTACT: OJP Media at [email protected]

Date Published: January 9, 2024