FCC Grants Waiver Allowing JCCs to Track Callers

(Hamodia/AP) —

The FCC granted a temporary emergency waiver Friday for Jewish Community Centers and their phone carriers to track the numbers of callers who make threats, even if the callers try to block the numbers.

Earlier in the week, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) had sent a letter to the FCC requesting the waiver.

“Based on our review of Senator Schumer’s letter and the large numbers of recent threats phoned in to the JCCs, we conclude, subject to certain conditions, that good cause exists to grant a temporary emergency waiver … to JCCs and the carriers who serve them, for disclosure of [the calling-party number] associated with allegedly threatening calls to JCCs,” said the FCC in the temporary-waiver order. “Specifically, we find that the recent phone threats … pose a new, grave, and immediate danger to the ‘safety of life and property’ of a specific category of call recipients (JCCs), and that the public interest would be served by a tailored waiver that both will help JCCs and local law enforcement address the threats in real time while also continuing to protect the privacy of lawful callers.

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