The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have fined a company for illegally robocalls that went against the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). This case involved three companies who made a total of 1,141 illegal calls.
It was found that the calls told consumers that if they voted by mail then their data would become part of a public database used by police departments to track down old warrants and could be used by credit card companies to to collect outstanding debts.
The TCPA prohibits prerecorded voice calls to wireless telephone numbers unless they have the recipients express consent. The only exception is if there is an emergency purpose. When the FCC reviewed the calls it was found they were prerecorded messages that originated with the companies. It was also found the calls were made without the required consent.
The companies involved tried to argue that they were not responsible for the alleged violations and it was actually the company they hired to make the calls that were responsible. However there was evidence showing the companies had given the dialling companies specific details about the calling campaigns.
The fine that has been imposed is $5,134,500.
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