FCC to Help People with Reassigned Numbers Avoid Robocalls
The FCC today said it hopes to help people escape robocalls. Specifically, the FCC is targeting numbers that previously agreed to receive robocalls but have been reassigned to new people or businesses. For example, some consumers allow schools to automatically call them with recorded announcements concerning school closings. If that consumer moves and the number is reassigned, the school isn't necessarily notified about the new owner right away and may continue to call despite the wishes of the new owner. The FCC proposed to create a single database of reassigned numbers that businesses can use to verify consumer preferences before making automated calls. "Robocalls and telemarketing calls are consistently the top source of consumer complaints received by the FCC," said the agency. "Creation of a comprehensive reassigned number resource for businesses and other robocallers could help prevent many unwanted calls that consumers currently receive. In addition, more clarity will help callers communicate more effectively with consumers who have asked for such calls." The FCC filed a Notice of Inquiry and is accepting public comments on the matter.
Oct 4, 2018
Instagram today introduced a new customizable identification card called Nametag. The goal is to help people easily find the Instagram profiles of those they meet via their phones.
Feb 15, 2018
Facebook wants to make it easier for people to find and receive help during crisis and other events. The social network today said it will allow organizations and businesses post in the Community Help section so they may offer information and/or assistance to those impacted by adverse events.
Nov 5, 2018
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai sent letters to more than a dozen telephone service providers today asking them for a status update on their efforts to curb robocalls. He demanded these companies deploy a system that authenticates the identity of callers as those calls transit the networks with the goal of identifying and squashing spoofed numbers and spam.
Dec 12, 2018
The FCC today approved several declaratory rulings that aim to protect consumers from robocalls and spam messages. Though the move was taken under the guise of safeguarding everyday people, the changes in effect give carriers more control over their networks in ways that could harm consumers.
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