Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal


In an age when businesses survive on the purchase and sale of information, finding new ways to protect personal information is important. Caller identification displays a caller's telephone number to the recipient of the call. Businesses use the identified number to access personal information about the caller and to create mailing lists. Meanwhile, telephone companies make a tidy profit charging for number identification. Therefore, this Comment, rather than claiming caller identification violates constitutional privacy rights, argues that caller identification violates a caller's rights and tortiously appropriates his name and likeness.