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Senators Vote to Pass Anti-Robocall Bill

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In an almost unanimous decision, US Senators have decided to show support for a bill that fights robocalls. The final vote counted 97-1, in favor of passing the bill called the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act. Once the bill is passed, law enforcement officers will be able to tackle robocallers. In addition to this, they could face civil penalties of up to $10,000 per call.

Back in 2003, officials introduced the Do Not Call registry, which allows individuals to stop telemarketers from making calls to their home and mobile phone numbers. Unfortunately, robocalls continue to plague Americans on a daily basis. Even so, there is still a great number of individuals who fall prey to these scammers. Hopefully with the passing of the TRACED Act, this will finally be stopped.

As of this writing, the bill has entered the House for further consideration. Other bills tackling robocalls have also been introduced for review.

Once the bill is passed and becomes a law, it would put up an inter-agency group which includes members of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the State Department, the Commerce Department, and state attorneys general. Together, these individuals will offer recommendations to the Congress on how annoying and dangerous robocalls can be. The agency will also be responsible for prosecuting these individuals at federal and state level.

In addition to the bill, the FCC will be enforced to come up with new rules on how it can further protect its people from receiving unwanted messages and calls from numbers that have not been authenticated. The legislation, meanwhile, will extend the statute of limitations on robocalls. Currently, it is only two years. The new ruling will turn this to three years.



Source: MarketWatch

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  1. I would kind of like to know how they are going to enforce this because it is trivial to fake caller ID using VoIP. It's the same thing as the CAN SPAM Act.

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    1. Likewise. The last person who had one of my numbers must be on everyone's list. Lots of scammy texts and calls. Most of the texts are emailed.

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