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FCC Cracks Down on Robocalls 210

Cara_Latham writes "If you want to receive annoying robocalls from telemarketers you will have to opt in. Federal Communications Commission rules now require that telemarketers get your consent before dialing your number. Telemarketers will also have to obtain consent even if they had previously 'done business with' the consumer on the receiving end of a call."
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FCC Cracks Down on Robocalls

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  • by Dynedain (141758) <slashdot2@an t h o n> on Thursday February 16, 2012 @07:21PM (#39068211) Homepage

    Bahhh... turns out they're using a referral check from Google News, follow the link here to get around it. []

  • by bmo (77928) on Thursday February 16, 2012 @07:34PM (#39068365)

    A paywall?

    Are you effing serious, subby? []


  • just a reminder (Score:3, Informative)

    by nimbius (983462) on Thursday February 16, 2012 @07:41PM (#39068469) Homepage
    your friendly political campaigns efforts to use robocalls to discourage minority voters from attending polls [], slander their opponents before the the big vote, or piss you off before supper sleep or sex will remain unaffected by this regulation. should you wish to file a complaint please direct messages to the round smelly bin in your home, or in petrol form to the windows of the appropriate politician accordingly.

    commission of communications.
  • Re:Text messaging (Score:5, Informative)

    by Master Moose (1243274) on Thursday February 16, 2012 @07:48PM (#39068585) Homepage

    Glad I don't live in the US - The whole paying to receive calls and messages is unheard of here (NZ) and as far as I am aware, most other countries around the world. . Unless roaming and then I believe universally you are pinged with exorbitant cost.

  • by cusco (717999) <brian,bixby&gmail,com> on Thursday February 16, 2012 @07:51PM (#39068633)
    I notice that there is no sign of stopping congresscritters, or the survey-takers in their employ, from robocalling. Since that's the vast majority of robocalls that I get I doubt that this is going to make any change in my life.

    FYI, it's not enough to tell a phone caller to take you off their list. You need to say, "Put me on your Do Not Call List." They're required by law to do so, and any time they sell or rent their phone list the DNC list is required to go with it. If they tell you they're not required to have a DNC List because they work for some slimeball pretend non-profit that does political work I've found that the following technique works. Say, "If I were to cuss and swear at you then you would put our number on a list of people not to call again. Please put our number on that list." Those two simple changes changed the number of calls that an acquaintence got from 7-8 a night to 7-8 a week.

    If you're ever required to put down a phone number, for store discount cards or something, use the same number that I (and a hundred other people do). (321) 123-4567. You'll be amazed at the number of cashiers that think it's really your phone number.
  • by cusco (717999) <brian,bixby&gmail,com> on Thursday February 16, 2012 @07:53PM (#39068663)
    VOIP is great . . . until your Internet connection goes down. Our land line has gone down once, for a couple of hours, since 1997. We've lost Internet connectivity for days at times.
  • by Peter Simpson (112887) on Thursday February 16, 2012 @08:03PM (#39068801)
    For AT&T it's 7726 ("spam" on the keys). They appear to be using the information provided to go after the spammers. Plus, if you forward it, you (and they) have a record so you can apply for a refund of the SMS fees on those messages.
  • by Ark42 (522144) <slashdot&morpheussoftware,net> on Thursday February 16, 2012 @09:08PM (#39069497) Homepage

    AT&T **always** has removed text charges I complain about. And I call and complain about a 9 cent charge I didn't want. I don't even have a text plan, and don't text anybody. I keep telling them to block all texts always no matter what, but whenever one shows up on my phone, I get charged for it. Again, it has, fortunately, been super easy to call AT&T and complain, every single time.
    Pretty sure they're paying the support staff a lot more money for the time spent on the call to reverse a 9 cent charge. If everybody did this, I'm sure cell companies would lose enough money to get their act together.

  • by 0111 1110 (518466) on Thursday February 16, 2012 @09:30PM (#39069681)

    Verizon land lines already have a whitelisting system. I use it. In fact I wouldn't keep a land line at all without it. Unfortunately the whitelist only allows 10 numbers. They have a blacklist system too and both can be active. Now I only ever get calls from people I know. Occasionally I have to turn it off because I am expecting some commercial oriented call and that's when I am reminded about why I use whitelisting 100% of the time. Cell providers should have the same system. Whitelisting and blacklisting should be standard features in the modern world.

  • by Sponge Bath (413667) on Thursday February 16, 2012 @09:31PM (#39069693)

    I get robocalls from companies I have no business relation with on my mobile phone, which is also on the do not call list. This is currently illegal. When this happens, I dutifully fill out the forms on the FCC complaint site, with all the details. Afterward I am sent a snail mail letter acknowledging the form. Rinse and repeat, but no changes. I still get robocalls from the same number as the complaint. I'm talking 20 or 30 of complaints over six months.

    So this new "tougher" rule is supposed to do what exactly? Nobody is enforcing the existing rules, why make new rules? For good PR, I guess.

  • Re:Text messaging (Score:4, Informative)

    by swalve (1980968) on Thursday February 16, 2012 @10:09PM (#39069967)
    SMS doesn't work that way.
  • Re:Text messaging (Score:4, Informative)

    by HybridJeff (717521) on Thursday February 16, 2012 @10:34PM (#39070157) Homepage
    That depends, if the message is comign from a SMS short code rather than a normal phone number then the carrier could remove the sender in question from their short code program if they sending out spam or fraudulently signing peopel up for premium services. I'm not saying that they necesicarily will, but they do have that ability.

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