FCC requires carriers to deploy STIR/SHAKEN caller ID authentication2020-03-31 17:24 by Daniela
The FCC announced today all carriers and phone companies must adopt the STIR/SHAKEN protocol by June 30th, 2021. The agency said the rules - outlined in a bill supported by Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills, and signed into law last year - will protect consumers against malicious caller ID "spoofing," a common tactic employed by robocall scam campaigns. Robocalls use a number with the recipient's area code, for example, to trick people into answering their phones.
The STIR/SHAKEN rules enable carriers to verify that the caller ID information transmitted with a call matches the caller's phone number. The FCC expects that widespread deployment of STIR/SHAKEN will slash the effectiveness of illegal spoofing and enable law enforcement to identify violators more easily, as well as help carriers identify calls with illegally spoofed caller ID information before those calls reach their subscribers.
Once the technology is in place, phone companies still ought to combine their authentication structures with each other. The TRACED Act, delivered with the help of Congress, requires cellphone companies to work in the direction of that integration. Still, there aren't actually time limits on how quickly it has to happen.
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