P.L. 111-331, The Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009 (11 comments ↓ | 9 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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S. 30 would amend the Communications Act of 1934 to prohibit manipulation of caller identification information.

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March 20, 2009, 1:35pm (report abuse)

I just got ANOTHER call from 000-000-000. I hope this bill includes death AFTER torture to those who make these calls. I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'ll vote for ANY politician who STOPS telemarketers!


(logged-in user) April 3, 2009, 8:38pm (report abuse)

this to me, is a no-brainer. The only real reason to use spoof technolgy is to scam the reciever of the call. This bill should be passed.


April 13, 2009, 4:36pm (report abuse)

My phone number has been spoofed a number of times--the people who receive calls then call me back in an irate state and sometimes threaten violence. Allowing telemarketers to steal phone numbers puts innocent people in danger. Let's hope congress gets their head out of their a-- long enough to see that no public good is served by letting the phone harassment industry do whatever it wants with private citizens' numbers.

Joe Adams

April 27, 2009, 11:40pm (report abuse)

It confuses me as why we have the truth in caller id act 2006, 2008, and now 2009. There is no good reason to not pass this bill. We have DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT, HOUSE, SENATE, Cater to the general welfare of the people not special interests, this is getting old, Republicans and Democrats, by the way, I am a Democrat but they too seem to have some problems with special interests, otherwise this would already be passed and in a much stronger form. I am so disappointed.

Jennifer Anestad

May 7, 2009, 5:20pm (report abuse)

Individuals and businesses are being harmed by caller ID spoofing at an increasingly alarming rate and abuse has become rampant. I agree that this bill must be passed!


(logged-in user) May 8, 2009, 12:57pm (report abuse)

It's simple. Congress isn't going to do anything other than fight their power wars, unless millions of voters start screaming bloody murder about this. This is a no-brainer, and, dollars-to-donuts, some senator is trying to hijack the bill to put some rotten "rider" on it that he knows no one would vote for anyway, just to use the Caller ID bill to get his rider passed. Congress sucks.

abused consumer

September 27, 2009, 4:56am (report abuse)

This bill needs to be shot down.

It damages the consumers ability to protect themselves from unwanted calls, forcing the spread of their number.

Eg. you call a bank, not from the voicemail-only number that you gave them, but a personal number that rings your phone. They not only record the number surreptitiously, they also enter it as *your* number (whether or not it really is) without your knowledge or consent. The private number then goes on file, and is used for sales calls (TCPA doesn't apply to companies you do business with).

It's a gross intrusion of privacy to force consumers to give up their personal numbers to businesses, when they can spoof their voicemail-only numbers.

You wouldn't want businesses to have your personal email address that you only give to friends -- so why would you want them to have your personal phone number that rings a physical phone??

Logan Walker

March 1, 2010, 11:14pm (report abuse)

This whole spoofing thing should be illegal immediatley it about got me fired from my job because someone was spoofing my number and it should be immediatly outlawed


December 27, 2010, 11:58am (report abuse)

As a private investigator I can now no longer use the telephone to aid in my investigations. I have no way to change my number thus blowing my cover. I will now have to raise rates because I will now have to drive everywhere and attempt to gather information instead of making a few telephone calls.


January 3, 2011, 10:09am (report abuse)

I hope this includes cell phone also. The only issues with all this no one is truly going to read the bill in whole, so what other nasty things are attached (supposedly) to a bill that will better our lives?

kat whitten

January 3, 2011, 12:07pm (report abuse)

This is an unnecessary bill for the congress to deal with. The private companies and their customers should be dealing with this; not the government.

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