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Re: Truths in "Truth in Caller ID Act"
From: "J. Oquendo" <sil () infiltrated net>
Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2006 13:41:56 -0500
Valdis.Kletnieks () vt edu wrote:
You mis-read the legalese.
"It shall be unlawful for any person within the United States"
Define within the United States. The person, the server, the provider or all three. I don't believe it's misread it's
to the letter of the law. So again step by step...
"It shall be unlawful for any person within the United States, in connection with any telecommunications service or
1) Teleco/VoIP service is out of bounds here. 2) The User who initiated the command is logged from an address somewhere
over the rainbow (Tor+Privoxy). 3) "within the United States" which? The person, or the telco/VoIP provider? Does it
have to be both - person and provider. Sounds broad to me.
Can't be single sided here. So I decide to offer a service to say rape victims who want to remain anonymous, a victim
decides to use "Jane Smith" <2035551212>, she is calling from say the British Virgin Islands where she was raped by a
congressman. She doesn't want her identity known, but would like counseling over the phone. 1) She is in the British
Virgin Islands so technically she is not breaking the law. 2) Me being the provider, I didn't initiate the spoof, I
provided a service. Should I be held accountable for upholding the right to privacy? 3) Sure caller ID blocking could
have been used, it still could be traced.
Let's take the case of someone blowing the whistle on government corruption. History has shown their life will be
ruined. This is a great avenue worry free to make a report yet at the same time if I decided to set my caller ID as
that of the White House, I'm sure I can con a reporter to report something bogus. Dual edged sword. What will be next
outlawing telco service unless it passes through DCS100 along with a photo and fingerprint at Fort Meade.
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