Friday, June 13, 2008

Caller ID-Spoofing Service In UK shuttered After Five Days

Spookcall, the UK's first caller ID-spoofing service available to the general public, has decided to close less than one week after launch.
Spookcall allowed anyone to impersonate any other phone number on a call recipient's caller ID display. Spookcall also offered customers the ability to disguise their voice using software. It cost £5 for every 10 minutes of faked calling.

It's thought such trickery is currently legal in the UK. The Liberal Democrats have called on regulators to act however, claiming the availablity of such services in the UK could make it even easier to fleece the public and invade privacy.

Caller ID spoofing services have been available in the US for several years.Spookcall brought the controversial practice to the UK with the tagline "be anyone you want to be".

1 comment:

Andrew said...

If they create a law against this in the UK do you think that could affect these types of services in the US?