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One Year Later: Tracking the Implementation of the TRACED Act

December 30, 2020 marks the one year anniversary of President Donald Trump signing the Pallone-Thune TRACED Act into law. The law, whose name is an acronym for Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence, is the first major federal telemarketing legislation in more than a decade.

Is the TCPA Only for Cell Phones?

This is part of our ongoing series, Your Questions Answered. If you'd like to ask a question for a future entry, please fill out the form at the bottom.

What Is TCPA Compliance?

This is part of our ongoing series, Your Questions Answered. If you'd like to ask a question for a future entry, please fill out the form at the bottom.

What Are the Penalties Associated with TCPA Violations?

This is the first entry in our new series, Your Questions Answered, in which we give detailed answers to TCPA and DNC questions asked by our readers. If you'd like to ask a question for a future entry, there is a form at the bottom of the page.

President Trump’s Campaign Faces Another TCPA Complaint

While the election is less than a week away, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s (TCPA) risks for political campaigns remain in full force. A resident of New York state filed a lawsuit against President Trump’s re-election campaign alleging violations of the TCPA’s prohibitions against the use of an automatic telephone dialing system (ATDS).

Political Survey Triggers TCPA Class Action

In our previous coverage of the intersections between politics and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), we have largely focused on lawsuits faced by campaigns for elected office, such as those conducted by President Trump and Michael Bloomberg. But a recent TCPA class action—Drew v. Am. Directions Research, Grp., Case No. 20-cv-00402, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 191780 (N.D. Ill. October 16, 2020)—demonstrates how the risk of TCPA liability extends to other sorts of political communications, namely voter surveys.

TCPA vs. DNC

Telemarketing compliance is made difficult by the byzantine nature of telemarketing regulations. Any marketer can be forgiven for struggling to keep track of the varying levels of laws, regulatory agencies, and other enforcement mechanisms. However, there are two acronyms that loom large enough in the regulatory landscape that everybody knows them, even if they don’t really understand what they mean: TCPA and DNC.