Identity Theft in Cyberspace: Issues and Solutions

1 (LL.B), (BA), (LL.M), (DU), (FRSA) is a “Junior Judge” at the Council of State (Conseil d’Etat), a Phd Researcher in cyberlaw at the School of Law, University of Lyon III, France; an expert in cybercrime at the International Scientific and Professional Advisory Council of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme (ISPAC); a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the United Kingdom (FRSA) and a member of Cybercrime Institute in France. Mohamed Chawki has taught part-time on Cybercrime and Cyberlaw for the LL.M English programme at the ITI Institute. He has authored many articles in English and French journals and conference papers. He is recipient of numerous academic prizes and the Medal of Excellence.

2 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law Cairo University; Vice-Chairman, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Cairo Branch); Legal Counsellor and Expert, Information Technology Industry Development Agency (Egypt); Member of the United Nations Expert Group on Online Dispute Resolution; Fellow of the Centre for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution, University of Massachusetts, USA; Of Counsel, Shalakany Law Office, Egypt.


Cet article présente et analyse la menace grandissante que représente le vol d’identité dans le cyberespace. Le développement, dans la dernière décennie, du commerce électronique ainsi que des transactions et des communications numériques s’accélère. Cette progression non linéaire a généré une myriade de risques associés à l’utilisation des technologies de l’information et de la communication (les TIC) dans le cyberespace, dont un des plus importants est sans conteste la menace du vol d’identité.
Cet article vise à donner un aperçu des enjeux et des risques relatifs au vol d’identité et cherche à offrir certaines solutions basées sur la nécessité d’opter pour une politique à trois volets qui englobe des approches stratégiques et règlementaires, techniques et culturelles.


This article addresses and analyses the growing threat of identity theft in cyberspace. E-commerce and digital transactions and communications have, over the past decade, been increasingly transpiring at an accelerated rate. This non-linear progression has generated a myriad of risks associated with the utilization of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in cyberspace communications, amongst the most important of which is: the threat of identity theft.
On such account, this article aims to provide an overview of the issues and risks pertinent to identity theft and seeks to offer some solutions based on the necessity of pursuing a tri-fold policy encompassing strategic and regulatory, technical, and cultural approaches.

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Mohamed Chawki et Mohamed Abdel Wahab, «Identity Theft in Cyberspace: Issues and Solutions », (2006) 11-1 Lex Electronica. Available at:
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