An Update On S. 30: The Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009

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Back in April SpoofCard contacted you, our customers, to warn you of a bill that was pending in Congress, H.R. 1258, which would have essentially banned the use of Caller ID “Spoofing”. We also informed you that there was another version in the Senate, S.30: The Truth In Caller ID Act of 2009, which included fairer, more specific terms. The Senate version of the bill (S.30) included language that would only ban the use of spoofing to “defraud, cause harm or wrongfully obtain anything of value.”

We urged you in April to contact your Senators and let them know that you would support the Senate version, which would only make it illegal to spoof Caller ID with the intent to “defraud, cause harm or wrongfully obtain anything of value.”

We are writing today to inform you that ,thanks to your efforts the Senate version of this bill, S.30 was signed into law by President Obama on December 22nd, 2010.

What does this mean for you?

This means SpoofCard will continue to operate doing business as usual — Caller ID Spoofing is NOT illegal. However, if you use our service in violation of the law with the intent to “defraud, cause harm or wrongfully obtain anything of value”, you may be subject to criminal prosecution. We have never condoned such activity. In fact, since day one our Terms of service has included the following paragraph:

2. Acceptable Conduct You agree to use the SpoofCard.com services only for purposes that are lawful in the jurisdictions where you are calling from and calling to. You shall not transmit any unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, sexually explicit, profane, hateful, racially, ethnically, or otherwise objectionable material of any kind, including but not limited to any material that encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any applicable local, state, national, or international law.

As long as you are using our service in a lawful manner and not with the intent to “defraud, cause harm or wrongfully obtain anything of value”, you can continue to use SpoofCard just as you have prior to this law being enacted.

We wish to thank all of you for your continued support and help to keep SpoofCard, and Caller ID Spoofing in general, legal!

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