The CRTC today has announced it has teamed up with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the UK to combat caller ID spoofing, which is used for spam and fraud:
Today, we are announcing that we will bring our combined resources to bear in order to tackle this problem. Coordinating through the international law enforcement network of the London Action Plan and the International Do Not Call Network, a public/private collaborative to address spam and do not call violations, we will work together in search of a solution that will address the concerns of consumers. If a solution is within our authority, we will act swiftly to put it in place. Where the assistance of the telecommunications industry is needed, we will reach out to the companies and associations in our respective countries.
The three agencies go onto explain this is a “collaborative effort to uncover a solution, or possibly several solutions, that will enable us to put a stop to this harmful practice and take action against those responsible.”
Caller ID spoofing can be dangerous and annoying. Let’s hope something good comes out of this.