Connecticut Says Marketers Can't Send Unwanted Texts
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a law on Thursday that makes it illegal for marketing companies to send unsolicited text messages to cell phones. The law allows Connecticut residents to specify they don't want to receive messages via the Do Not Call registry. Connecticut lawmakers said the law was put in place in response to consumer complaints about being charged to receive unwanted marketing messages. The law also raises the fines for violations from $11,000 to $20,000, and requires wireless and wireline phone companies to inform consumers twice per year about how to add their number to the Do Not Call registry.
FCC Says Lyft Violated Robo-Call Rules
The FCC today cited Lyft for violating rules meant to prevent companies from using autodialers and other automated tools to call or message consumers. According to the FCC, Lyft's terms of service mandates that all customers agree to receive marketing messages.
California to Require Warrants for Stingrays
California Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law that prohibits the government from snooping on citizens' electronic communications without first obtaining a warrant. The law, called the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act, forbids the government from "accessing electronic device information by means of physical interaction or electronic communication with the device." For example, police will no longer be able to use stingrays unless they get permission from a judge to do so.
Microsoft's 'Send' App is More Messaging than Email
Microsoft today released a new email application called Send. The idea behind Send, developed by Microsoft Garage, is to let people send quick messages to one another while still harnessing the power of corporate email.
FTC Shakes Its Finger at Firms Over Warranty Funny Business
The FTC today sent letters to six different companies warning them that their warranty practices may run afoul of the law. The six business, which were not named, are major companies that make cars, cell phones, and gaming systems.