The New York Times announced Aug. 12 that it will no longer mask its NYT phone number with the caller ID number 111-111-111.
Instead, starting Aug. 15, the newspaper’s “main number,” 212-556-1234 will be the newspaper’s caller ID display. However, the Times explained the move not as a step for transparency, but instead in anticipation of “an expected change to federal law that will require legitimate caller ID signatures.”
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The Times’ telecommunications manager Lorraine Bellagamba claimed in the newspaper’s announcement that the 111-111-1111 phone number was “intended to help the newsroom protect its sources” in case of a subpoena. iMediaEthics is writing to the Times to ask if the change will now limit that protection of sources. We will update with any response.