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house Bill H.R. 2669

Should Telemarketers Be Banned From "Spoofing" Their Identity in Text Messages?

Argument in favor

Companies should not be allowed to trick people into thinking they are offering safe, legitimate services. This is already illegal; it’s time to update the regulations to include the latest technologies.

operaman's Opinion
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10/30/2016
Yes, telemarketing calls should be transparent. I would like this transparency to likewise be apply to the House. Don't you just hate finding out that bill you supported had a NON-Transparent amendment added prior to passage? So let's make transparency a two way street. Remember, an answering devise can filter out non-transparent phone calls
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11/13/2016
People who spoof like this prey on the unexpecting (which is often the elderly), and can waste thousands of dollars. It's already illegal to scam people, and this isn't a legitimate way to do business so it should be stopped.
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Arthur's Opinion
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11/13/2016
Of course. Why should we enable people to lie to us?
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Argument opposed

The government shouldn’t interfere with companies’ methods for reaching possible customers. Everyone should have a right to hide their identity — no matter their reason for doing so.

Jamison's Opinion
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11/13/2016
Let the free market punish unethical business.
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Loraki's Opinion
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11/13/2016
Grace Meng (D-NY), why don't you read the Constitution?! And try putting your brain to work solving more important problems than telemarketers! Man! Uncle Sam needs to get help for "his" Nanny State addiction! Most of us grown ups are capable of solving the little problems that life throws at us without the federal government's help. Those who can't need to practice their problem solving skills, instead of crying to Congress for help! Of Note: The FCC accepts complaints from people who feel they have been wrongfully spoofed.
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Jared's Opinion
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11/13/2016
It's a useless bill. Focus on more important matters.
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What is House Bill H.R. 2669?

This bill would make it more difficult for companies and scammers to trick people into answering their calls and texts.

In an attempt to avoid telemarketers and scams, many Americans use caller ID and ignore calls from unknown numbers. Some companies trick people into answering anyway (or responding to text messages), by “spoofing” their numbers to display fake information on recipient caller IDs. Some scammers alter their information to appear as though their calls and texts are actually coming from a reputable company, government agency, hospital, bank, or credit card company.

The Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009 made it illegal to spoof your number while making a phone call with the intent to defraud, harm, or wrongly obtain anything of value, as long as the caller and recipient were both located in the United States.

The Anti-Spoofing Act seeks to expand this protection by banning fraudulent spoofing via text messages and calls placed with Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services (which allow users to place calls from computers and tablets), as well as instances where the recipient is located in the United States but the caller is out of the country.

If passed, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be responsible for implementing the new rules.

Impact

Companies that currently spoof using text messages, VoIP, or out-of-country callers; people who may receive and be tricked by these calls; the FCC; Congress

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2669

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Grace Meng said in a statement:

“The purpose of caller ID is to know the identity of the person who is calling or texting you. But all too often, the name and number that is displayed is not the actual name and number of the caller or texter. Unfortunately, it’s often some telemarketers attempting to pull a fast one or con artists trying to rip off unsuspecting recipients, especially seniors. It’s time to finally stop this outrageous and deceitful practice.”


Of Note: The FCC accepts complaints from people who feel they have been wrongfully spoofed.


Media:

Summary by Katie Rose Quandt
(Photo Credit: Tim Pierce/ Flickr)

AKA

Anti-Spoofing Act of 2016

Official Title

To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to expand and clarify the prohibition on provision of misleading or inaccurate caller identification information, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • The house Passed November 15th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 382 Yea / 5 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Communications and Technology
    IntroducedJune 4th, 2015

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