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CRTC mandates anti-caller ID spoofing systems

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has begun an effort to reduce the number of unsolicited and illegitimate telephone calls received by Canadian consumers. The commission has mandated that telecommunications service providers must implement new call-blocking systems for their networks by Dec. 19. Calls making use of non-standard caller identification information must be blocked before reaching the consumer.

"The CRTC is taking a variety of actions to tackle nuisance calls," said Ian Scott, chairperson and CEO of the CRTC. "We are confident that this latest decision will help reduce the number of illegitimate calls Canadians are forced to deal with regularly. A call-blocking system will provide them with an additional level of protection while ensuring they continue to receive legitimate calls and encourage providers to continue their work on this issue."

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