Alaska AG Taylor demands FCC action on illegal robo-calls and robo-texts

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Published: Jun. 8, 2023 at 9:18 AM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -On Wednesday, June 7, Attorney General Treg Taylor joined 27 other states in a movement against telemarketing scams.

In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), these states seek a requirement for businesses to keep customer’s contact information private including restrictions on how companies obtain their information, and to whom they give it.

Companies often use fine print or links in order to give out information to unsolicited partners or affiliates.

The letter also asks the FCC to require that new steps be taken by telephone providers to block illegal telemarketers. Taylor says “The FCC is on the right track to close the lead generator loophole... but telemarketers must be reined in with clear rules so that consumers only get the calls and texts they actually signed up for.”

The term “lead generator loop hole” refers to when an entity that collects contact information from consumers then sells that information to other unsolicited services.

In response to Taylor, the FCC is proposing to amend a prior rule regarding written consent under the “Telephone Consumer Protection Act”.

The FCC also proposes to reinforce the shield protecting consumers from illegal robo-calls.