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posted by Fnord666 on Saturday June 05, @02:52AM   Printer-friendly

FCC fight against robocalls goes international:

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced on Thursday that it has signed an agreement with its Australian counterpart to work together to fight robocalls.

The signing of the "Memorandum of Understanding" with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is the latest in a number of moves the FCC has made to combat robocalls in recent months.

The agreement seeks for the two agencies to "work together to develop and coordinate a global approach to addressing unlawful robocalls or robotexts, and the unlawful use of inaccurate caller ID information or 'spoofing,' the FCC said.

"Robocall scams are a global problem that require global commitment and cooperation," Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said in a statement. "With these irritating calls coming from near and far, we need international cooperation, information sharing, and enforcement to address this matter. I want to thank our Australian friends for working with us on this agreement. By joining together we can help get these scammers off of our networks and protect consumers and businesses around the world."


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 05, @03:04AM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 05, @03:04AM (#1141947)

    Simply let companies block such calls then people will flock to those that do it effectively.

    FCC regulations make that illegal, so no one does it.

    https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=18/10/11/0347213 [soylentnews.org]

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by fustakrakich on Saturday June 05, @03:13AM (3 children)

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Saturday June 05, @03:13AM (#1141948) Journal

    No, don't let the companies block anything. They are a common carrier. Just stop letting them pass spoofed numbers or block caller ID. Then we can block the calls at our end

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    Ok, we paid the ransom. Do I get my dog back? REDЯUM
    • (Score: 4, Funny) by Runaway1956 on Saturday June 05, @03:31AM

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday June 05, @03:31AM (#1141953) Homepage Journal

      There's an app for that. Install RoboBlock, and watch it upload your telephone number to every robocaller on earth.

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      alles in Ordnung
    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by bzipitidoo on Saturday June 05, @10:19PM (1 child)

      by bzipitidoo (4388) Subscriber Badge on Saturday June 05, @10:19PM (#1142167) Journal

      This. That it has ever been possible to so easily spoof phone numbers is messed up. The right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing. There's no good technical reason for that to be possible, which means the reasons are political.

      To use a car analogy, it's as if you could get out of a speeding ticket by taping a piece of paper with different, lower numbers over the numbers on your speedometer.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 07, @11:42PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 07, @11:42PM (#1142958)

        Or by changing your license plate number with a marker.