The House of Representatives today passed the Truth in Caller ID Act, H.R. 1258, an amendment to the Communications Bill of 1934. The Senate passed the bill this past February, so now it moves to the President for signing. The bill makes it illegal to falsify caller ID information. The tactic, known as spoofing, had become popular among criminals, and last year a criminal ring defrauded victims of $15 million using the tactic, according to Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY). The bill specifies that blocking a caller ID service is still legal, but misrepresentation over caller ID will bring civil and criminal penalties.
from Rep. Eliot Engel / CTIA »