Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Caller ID Spoofing to be made illegal in the USA

The US Congress recently approved a bill that will make it illegal to spoof Caller ID in the USA. This Act may be cited as the `Truth in Caller ID Act of 2007'.

The title of the act is “A bill to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to prohibit manipulation of caller identification information”

It was introduced on February 28, 2007 and updated 27th June 2007.

PENALTIES
(A) CIVIL FORFEITURE-
(i) IN GENERAL- Any person that is determined by the Commission, in accordance with paragraphs (3) and (4) of section 503(b), to have violated this subsection shall be liable to the United States for a forfeiture penalty. A forfeiture penalty under this paragraph shall be in addition to any other penalty provided for by this Act. The amount of the forfeiture penalty determined under this paragraph shall not exceed $10,000 for each violation, or 3 times that amount for each day of a continuing violation, except that the amount assessed for any continuing violation shall not exceed a total of $1,000,000 for any single act or failure to act.
(ii) RECOVERY- Any forfeiture penalty determined under clause (i) shall be recoverable pursuant to section 504(a).
(iii) PROCEDURE- No forfeiture liability shall be determined under clause (i) against any person unless such person receives the notice required by section 503(b)(3) or section 503(b)(4).
(iv) 2-year STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS- No forfeiture penalty shall be determined or imposed against any person under clause (i) if the violation charged occurred more than 2 years prior to the date of issuance of the required notice or notice or apparent liability.
(B) CRIMINAL FINE- Any person who willfully and knowingly violates this subsection shall upon conviction thereof be fined not more than $10,000 for each violation, or 3 times that amount for each day of a continuing violation, in lieu of the fine provided by section 501 for such a violation. This subparagraph does not supersede the provisions of section 501 relating to imprisonment or the imposition of a penalty of both fine and imprisonment.

Source: Library of Congress

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