The FTC begins August with an announcement that they are escalating the fight against illegal robocalls. Under a new initiative, when consumers file complaints about robocallers or Do Not Call violations with the FTC, the corresponding phone numbers will be reported daily to telecommunications carriersand other organizations that are working to block illegal robocalls.
Brace yourself for the next wave of data protection rules from our European neighbors. Time is running out for marketers to begin preparations for the new data privacy regulation adopted by the European Union (EU). The EU Parliament approved the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on April 14, 2016.
On July 13, 2017, the FCC took action to address the issue of robocalls to reassigned phone numbers. They recognize that businesses or other robocallers that unknowingly call a reassigned number can annoy the new consumer and deprive the intended consumer of an expected call.
On June 13th, the Civil Justice Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee held a hearing on lawsuit abuse and the TCPA. The goal of the subcommittee was to discuss ways of modernizing the TCPA which was written before widespread use of cell phones.