The Industry Standards That Could Kill Robocalls for Good
Telecom industry groups have stepped up their efforts to stop robocalls
Getting lots of calls from sketchy marketers and outright scammers lately? Thanks to a new industry standard, the stream of robocalls may soon let up.
In recent years, groups such as the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) have been putting together a set of standards to improve the verification systems carriers use when routing phone calls. A standard called STIR (Secure Telephone Identity Revisited) offers call authentication, while SHAKEN (Signature-based Handling of Asserted information using toKENs) adds tokens that make calls easier to track.
Now this standardization work is getting out into the world, with T-Mobile launching an early version of STIR/SHAKEN last month called Caller Verified.
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