FCC Adopts New Penalties for Caller ID Spoofing, Adopts EPIC Recommendations

The Federal Communications Commission adopted new rules that provide for increased penalties for Caller ID "spoofing," the practice of faking caller ID information that is often used to harm consumers. Under the new rules, the FCC can fine violators up to $10,000 each time they change their caller ID information with the intent to cause harm. The intent requirement is important because "spoofing" can also be used for privacy protection, such as at a domestic violence shelter. EPIC previously recommended adoption of the intent requirement in its comments to the Commission and in testimony before the House in 2006 and 2007 and before the Senate in 2007. For more information, see EPIC: Caller ID.

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