House File 1 - IntroducedA Bill ForAn Act 1prohibiting the provision or use of false or misleading
2caller identification information to certain persons, and
3making penalties applicable.
1   Section 1.  Section 714.16, subsection 2, Code 2019, is
2amended by adding the following new paragraph:
3   NEW PARAGRAPH.  q.  (1)  It is an unlawful practice for
4a person to knowingly use or provide, to an Iowa telephone
5subscriber who is physically located in this state, false or
6misleading caller identification information.
   7(2)  This paragraph shall not apply to any of the following:
   8(a)  Conduct authorized by a law enforcement agency of the
9United States, a state, or a political subdivision of a state.
   10(b)  Conduct authorized pursuant to a court order.
   11(c)  Conduct authorized under federal law.
   12(3)  For purposes of this paragraph:
   13(a)  “Caller identification information” means the same as
14defined in section 68A.506.
   15(b)  “Iowa telephone subscriber” means a person who uses a
16telephone number with a three-digit telephone number prefix, or
17area code, assigned to the state of Iowa, in accordance with
18the North American numbering plan.
20The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
21the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
   22This bill prohibits a person from knowingly using or
23providing false or misleading caller identification information
24to an Iowa telephone subscriber who is physically located in
25Iowa. The bill defines “caller identification information” to
26mean information regarding the origination of the telephone
27call, such as the name or telephone number of the caller. The
28bill defines “Iowa telephone subscriber” to mean a person who
29uses a telephone number with an area code assigned to Iowa,
30in accordance with the North American numbering plan. The
31bill does not apply to conduct authorized by a law enforcement
32agency, pursuant to a court order, or under federal law.
   33A violation of the bill constitutes an unlawful practice
34under Code section 714.16, which relates to consumer frauds.
35Pursuant to Code section 714.16, the attorney general may
-1-1investigate, issue subpoenas, and commence civil proceedings
2seeking restraining orders or injunctions prohibiting persons
3from engaging in unlawful practices or seeking termination
4of the business affairs of a person engaging in unlawful
5practices. In addition, a civil penalty of up to $40,000 per
6violation may be imposed by a court against a person found to
7have committed an unlawful practice.