The European Observatory on Identity Theft brings together those active within the relevant research space and across the EU to provide a focal point and repository of knowledge for anti-identity theft projects along with initiatives such as the Porvoo Group. As it grows, it will take on a second, citizen-facing, persona. The Observatory and its website will together and ultimately inform the citizen on methods, procedures and possibilities to recover his/her identity after theft, serve as a policy adviser to EU Member States, advance a common view for European identity protection through guidelines and assistance, build an identity theft think-tank for Europe and beyond and lead the key actors to found the basis of a European Observatory on Identity Theft.