A new call-blocking system kicking in on Thursday that should protect Canadians from unsolicited or illegitimate phone calls.
The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is requiring all service providers in Canada to implement this system said to block calls with suspicious-looking caller identification information. Numbers that either exceed 15 digits or don’t conform to a number that can even be dialed will be blocked before ever reaching the subscriber.
“Canadians need to have the right tools to manage nuisance calls,” says CRTC Chairperson Ian Scott, “With the implementation of a call blocking system, calls that are malformed will be stopped within the network. At the same time, we are working with the industry on other tools to better protect Canadians from nuisance calls, including a process to alert them when the caller ID has been spoofed.”
The CRTC says all service providers must have this new system in place by Thursday, while subscribers need not sign up for any services. However, those companies that offer advanced call filtering services are not required to implement this system.