WASHINGTON (CN) - The Federal Communications Commission is asking for public comments to "refresh" its record on misuse of the Internet Protocol Relay Service.
IP Relay is a form of text-based telecommunications relay service that allows individuals with hearing and, or speech disabilities to place telephone calls via the Internet.
The FCC is worried that, despite recent efforts to overcome fraudulent use of the service, the anonymity afforded by the service protects thieves using stolen or fake credit cards to place orders with merchants.
Under the Communications Act, merchants who fall victim to such fraud can be reimbursed through a fund maintained by the FCC to provide the service to the disabled.
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