Caller ID Spoofing to be made illegal

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http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-1258

Looks like Durandal has cried enough tears to get Caller ID Spoofing to be a crime.

SpoofCard and the rest of the industry opposes H.R. 1258 because this bill prohibits all spoofing done with the "intent to deceive." The problem is that anyone using caller ID spoofing is arguably doing so with the intent to deceive, even if their deception is either harmless or actually beneficial to society. The bill would essentially ban the use of caller ID "spoofing." Earlier versions of the bill included language that would only ban the use of spoofing to cause "harm or obtain anything of value." This "harm" language has been dropped from the bill.

The Senate earlier passed its version of the bill, S-30, which includes fairer, more specific terms. The Senate version of the bill (S.30) included language that would only ban the use of spoofing to "defraud, cause harm or wrongfully obtain anything of value." The issue is now back before the Senate, which has to decide whether to accept the House language or insist on the requirement that there be some intent to cause a "harm" before caller ID spoofing is illegal.

Please contact your Senator's office and ask to speak with the Legislative Aide handling the Caller ID legislation. Urge them to support the Senate language in S-30 so that caller ID will only be illegal when it is used "to defraud, cause harm, or wrongfully obtain anything of value."

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