U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Cut Down on Robocalling

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    The United States Senate today voted almost unanimously to approve an anti-robocalling bill that would cut down on the number of illegal robocalls that people receive.

    The TRACED Act (Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence), first introduced in January, increases penalties for robocalls, provides authorities with more time to act, promotes the adoption of call authentication and blocking tools, establishes an interagency group for exploring additional scam call deterrents, and clears the way for criminal prosecution of robocallers.

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    If the TRACED Act passes, individuals or companies who flout telemarketing restrictions could receive fines of up to $10,000 per call, and the FCC would have up to three years to prosecute after a robocall is placed, up from one year.

    It would also require voice service providers to adopt call authentication technologies, which would let cellular carriers verify that incoming calls are legitimate before even reaching consumer phones, and it requires the FCC to create rules to help protect consumers from receiving unwanted calls or texts.

    Some carriers like Verizon and T-Mobile have already implemented limited protection features that are designed to cut down on scam calls, but it's a pervasive problem that has only been growing worse in recent years.

    Last year, an estimated 30 percent of all phone calls were spam calls, a number that could grow to 42 percent of all calls this year.

    The FCC last week proposed new tools that would clear the way for mobile phone companies to block robocalls by default, and last year, the FCC called on companies to adopt call authentication systems for eliminating spoofed phone numbers.

    The TRACED Act will now head to the House for consideration, where it is also likely to see similar support.

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    Ah, thank goodness.
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    How long have you been holding that one in? :p
     
  3. Rocketman macrumors 603

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    Put the top 5 needed bills:
    robocall
    law changes to immigration
    farmers
    two others

    attached to a 2 YEAR CR or refuse the CR and insist on a budget.
     
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    Yeah, good luck enforcing that on IP calls originating from Asia.
     
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    Cut down? What does that mean, exactly?

    Why do I get the feeling it won’t eliminate robocalls, but will simply push companies to use other methods to get around regulations?
     
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    wow. about time. i guess it takes robocalls to get these folks to work together
     
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    I see what you did there... :)
     
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    Why is this such a huge problem in the states, we do not have the problem here. (NL)
     
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    How about a law that imposes penalties on the carriers instead, to force them to fix the problem rather than waiting for their announced voluntary efforts to come to fruition.
     
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    Wow, this seems to be a huge problem in the States, good they're doing something about it.
     
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    Robocallers should go to jail. Especially the ones who scrape data from various places and disturb vulnerable old people with hoax calls and financial scams.
     
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    Because we have EU privacy laws.
     
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    Yes and it should not be allowed that someone in another continent can use a phone number that looks local.
     
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    Doubt that is the reason, it's got to be more/something else.
     
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    It affects them too. If it doesn't they don't worry about it.
     
  21. ikramerica macrumors 6502

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    Right around april 15 I got a call every hour claiming to be from the IRS. Then two weeks later a call every hour claiming to be from the SSA and that my SSN was “suspended.” Those were robots reading words and not doing a very good job.

    My wife and I both get occasional calls of a chinese recording screaming at us in chinese.

    Funny thing is my Vonage number never gets these calls. Only my cell. Both are on the federal DNC register. Vonage just does a better job of blocking.
     
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    More interested in the technical proactive measures rather than reactive. So far, using Google Voice which is the base for new Google Calling Screening has worked rather well with global spam blocking, requiring name announcement before letting call through to filter out robocallers, complete blocking of number that gives "number is no longer in service" to calling party, etc. plus it's cross-platform so works on iOS, Android and desktop browser. Just need anti-spoofing but that's more of a telco infrastructure issue.
     
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    So how much is this going to cost us over and above the cost of donotcall.gov?
     
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