Published On: Sun, Aug 21st, 2016

Apple, Google, AT&T Joins Combat Against Automated Calls

Dozens of technology companies including Google and Apple have joined a coalition on combating automated phone calls that include pre-recorded messages as well as automated text messages.

Dubbed as “Robocall Strike Force,” the coalition is led by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

FCC Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn said, “We know the public is frustrated, because they assumed that after they registered for the ‘Do Not Call’ list, this would stop. It did not, so now it is time to take some real action.”

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By October 19 the coalition is learned to be reporting to the FCC with plans about how to accelerate new tools that can offer solutions such as Caller ID verification and able to block spoofed phone numbers and list of numbers from banks and government agencies that would not be able to spoof.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler called robocalls a “scourge.”

In the first six months of this year more than half of the 175,000 tickets were filed under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

There’s another reason for cooperation by the tech companies to FCC. It is usual lately TCPA has often been used aggressively even over basic automated messages. The complaints are no more limited to cracking down on harassing robocalls.

It is not to forget Yahoo, Facebook and other such tech companies were even sued over notification texts related to welcome messages and account sign-ins.

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