(Statehouse - Indianapolis) April 4, 2007 - House Bill 1046, co-authored by State Representative Eric Koch (R-Bedford), passed the Senate Corrections, Criminal, and Civil Matters Committee by a vote of 8-0. The Indiana Telecommunications Privacy Protection Act would help protect Hoosiers from "Caller ID spoofing" and the use of "Pretexting" to obtain confidential customer records from a telecommunications service provider.
"In recent years, caller ID spoofing has become easier and is used by telemarketers and scam-artists to deceive and defraud consumers. Caller ID spoofing can also be used to break into a cell phone voice mailbox or to conduct a "pretext call" to obtain confidential information from companies, individuals, or government," Rep. Koch said.
"Caller ID spoofing" involves transmitting false or misleading caller ID information through a caller ID service with use of special equipment or a third-party website service. "Pretexting" involves making false representations or fraudulent statements to a telecommunications service provider to obtain the confidential customer records of another person. The bill would also prohibit the sale, transfer, purchase, receipt, use, or disclosure of a consumer's telecommunications records without the consumer's prior authorization. Rep. Koch's legislation creates criminal penalties for violators and provides civil remedies for consumers victimized by these activities.
"This legislation will protect people from unwanted and unnecessary problems that occur when the wrong people get a hold of important personal information," said Rep. Koch
House Bill 1046 will also require telecommunications providers to notify affected customers of any unauthorized acquisition or disclosure of confidential customer records.
The use of "pretexting" by individuals and companies to obtain confidential customer records for use or sale to third parties is also growing.
"This bill will give law enforcement and consumers the tools to fight back and put these people out of business," Rep. Koch said.
Rep. Koch serves House District 65, which includes Bartholomew, Brown, Jackson, and Lawrence cou