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    The Canadian telecommunications regulator has implemented a new law that will force companies to do a better job of identifying who is calling. This can help all phone users with the nuisance of spam calls from telemarketers. Currently, up to one-quarter of all calls on mobile networks in Canada are spam right now.

    In a news release Tuesday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said, “that phone companies must now implement a technology on their networks that does a better job of weeding out so-called spoof phone calls, which are calls that look like familiar Canadian phone numbers they may want to answer, but are in fact unsolicited spam and nuisance class from dodgy companies.”

    They will use a technology known as STIR/SHAKEN, which is an acronym for Secure Telephony Identity Revisited/Signature-based Handling of Asserted Information using toKENs. It doesn’t.y completely block spoof phone calls because it will only work on calls that happen over an IP-voice network.

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