A few months ago, we wrote a blog post about how robocalls were out getting of hand. We have all probably gotten one within the last month. They use technology that makes them look like a local number, making it difficult to distinguish whether it is a legitimate call. To update to that post, the US government announced it would be going after these callers.
Most of us agree robocalls are a problem. We have received a staggering 25.3 billion robocalls in the first six months of 2019. That is an increase of 128% for the same period of 2018. While schools, banks, pharmacies, and other legitimate causes utilize them, the bombardment has caused some people not to answer their phone altogether.
The crackdown consists of an estimated 100 cases brought by the Justice Department, 15 states, local authorities, and the FTC. Five of the cases are seeking criminal enforcement. One person, Derek Bartoli, developed a computer system that auto-dialed numbers. He developed this software for several telemarketing companies who are also facing legal action. In 2017, Bartoli placed 57 million robocalls in six months.
Both legislative bodies of the federal government are preparing the legislature to combat the robocalls. The House will consider the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act which will direct the FCC only to allow robocalls if the consumer consents to receiving them. In addition, the Senate is working on the TRACED Act. This bill will give the FCC more power in regulating these practices. If passed, the act would increase the maximum fine per robocall and expands the statute of limitations from one year to three years.
Unfortunately, still may have to put up with robocalls for the time being. However, as long as this legislation gets passed, we will not have to put up with them for much longer. If you found this article interesting or helpful, check out our other posts!