Caller ID spoofing outlawed by Congress

Apr 16, 2010
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Caller ID spoofing outlawed by Congress

Caller ID is one of those things that many of us both love and hate. It's great because if you are getting a call from that annoying neighbor down the street, you can skip it. However, it's bad at times if the caller ID isn’t who you think it is. There is nothing worse than picking up a sales call when the caller ID doesn’t tip you off.

Congress has now passed the Truth in Caller ID Act of 2010, which makes it illegal to spoof caller ID information. The bill states, "[it is illegal] to cause any caller ID service to transmit misleading or inaccurate caller ID information, with the intent to defraud or deceive." If signed into law all forms of voice communication will be covered.

It's also illegal to spam us on our email accounts too, but I get more advertisements for medication to make manhood larger than legitimate messages. I hope one this is signed into law it can be enforced more effectively than anti-spam laws. Now if we can just get Congress to outlaw door to door vacuum salesmen I am golden.


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