H.R. 3670, Anti-Spoofing Act of 2013

H.R. 3670

Anti-Spoofing Act of 2013

Sponsor
Rep. Grace Meng

Date
September 9, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, September 8, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 3670, the Anti-Spoofing Act of 2013, under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 3670 was introduced on December 5, 2013 by Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) and was referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  The bill was marked up on July 29 and 30, 2014 and was ordered reported, as amended, by voice vote.

Bill Summary

Existing law prohibits “caller ID spoofing,” in which a caller intentionally falsifies the name or number that appears on a caller ID for the purpose of fraudulently disguising the caller’s identity.  H.R. 3670 expands the prohibition to also include text messaging and certain IP-enabled voice services.

Background

The Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009, which was enacted in 2010, generally prohibits caller ID spoofing “for the purposes of defrauding or otherwise causing harm.”[1]  The law currently does not apply to text messaging or IP-enabled voice services.

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[1] Federal Communications Commission: Caller ID and Spoofing.

Cost

According to CBO estimates, implementing H.R. 3670 would not affect direct spending or revenues.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.