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PUC Appeals Ruling on Caller ID: Saying the privacy of millions of Californians is at risk, the state Public Utilities Commission appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco a federal decision that puts the onus on customers to prevent their private numbers from being viewed on caller-identification systems. Caller identification allows people to see the telephone number of a caller before they pick up the telephone. Display screens, either built-in or attached, display the digits automatically. The Federal Communications Commission ruled that customers with unlisted numbers who do not formally request that their numbers be blocked from viewing must dial *67 before each call to prevent disclosure.

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