New Regulations Against Spoofing Texts and Robocalls

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Sick and tired of all those robocalls? Not to mention the spoofing texts just waiting for you to errantly click.

Well, lawmakers have noticed. The FCC voted this week to approve rules that prohibit spoofing text messages and international robocalls.

The new laws close long-standing loopholes in the Truth in Caller ID Act, which banned spoofing domestic calls but made it hard for the FCC to thwart malicious text messages and calls coming from overseas. The FCC now has the legal authority to punish the “criminals” behind these scams.

Chairman Ajit Pai pushed through the rule changes earlier this month. In a video announcing their approval, Pai said the FCC has received tens of thousands of complaints about spoofing in just the first six months of this year alone.

Fortunately, the FCC isn’t the only one championing this cause. Last week, the House passed a bipartisan bill requiring carriers to authenticate every call and to offer opt-out blocking for free. The Federal Trade Commission has stepped up its enforcement, bringing lawsuits against organizations responsible for more than a billion robocalls. The new FCC rules won’t stop spoofed texts and international robocalls altogether, but it could slow them down with aggressive penalties.

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Samantha Keller

Director of Marketing and PR at EnhancedTECH
Samantha Keller (AKA Sam) is a published author, tech-blogger, event-planner and mother of three fabulous humans. Samantha has worked in the IT field for the last fifteen years, intertwining a freelance writing career along with technology sales, events and marketing. She began working for EnhancedTECH ten years ago after earning her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and attending Fuller Seminary. She is a lover of kickboxing, extra-strong coffee, and Wolfpack football.Her regular blog columns feature upcoming tech trends, cybersecurity tips, and practical solutions geared towards enhancing your business through technology.
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