Truth in Caller ID Act of 2010 Passes House - VoIP Covered Too

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Truth in Caller ID Act of 2010 Passes House - VoIP Covered Too

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The House passed the "Truth in Caller ID Act of 2010", which under the bill, it makes it illegal "to cause any caller ID service to transmit misleading or inaccurate caller ID information, with the intent to defraud and deceive." According to the bill, "To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to prohibit manipulation of caller identification information, and for other purposes". That's funny, I didn't think they had Caller ID way back in 1934?

The bill states, "It shall be unlawful for any person within the United States, in connection with any real time voice communications service, regardless of the technology or network utilized, to cause any caller ID service to transmit misleading or inaccurate caller ID information, with the intent to defraud or deceive." So as shown in bold, VoIP is covered as well.

Fortunately, you can block your CallerID still, as the bill reads, "PROTECTION FOR BLOCKING CALLER ID IN FORMATION.--Nothing in this subsection may be construed to prevent or restrict any person from blocking the capability of any caller ID service to transmit caller ID information."

I guess no more spoofing the White House number or other famous people's phone number.

The bill gives an exemption for law enforcement, intelligence, and "political subdivision of a State". Not sure what that last one entails. Sounds like politicians get an exemption. Great, so now they can call my house and spoof their CallerID so I take their call.

Via Ars


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