President Trump signs anti-robocall law

The Hill reports that on Dec. 30, 2019, President Trump signed into law the Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, a bill aimed at reducing the scourge of robocalls that plague  millions of Americans every year.

The bill was a rare bipartisan and bicameral feat for this Congress, where Democrats have chosen to spend their time, energy, and millions of taxpayer dollars on the baseless and fruitless “investigations” of President Trump, from the so-called Russian collusion to the present impeachment witchhunt.

In a statement, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Trump was “proud” to sign the TRACED Act, and that “This historic legislation will provide American consumers with even greater protection against annoying unsolicited robocalls. American families deserve control over their communications, and this legislation will update our laws and regulations to stiffen penalties, increase transparency, and enhance government collaboration to stop unwanted solicitation.”

Over the past several years, illegal robocalls have spiked enormously in the U.S. as scammers find new and cheap ways to dial up consumers en masse as they pry for sensitive personal information. The scammers, oftentimes located outside of the country, frequently target vulnerable populations as they ask for social security numbers, credit card information and more.

Although robocalls won’t disappear entirely, experts say we can expect to see a reduction in the billions of spam calls within six months because the TRACED Act will put the onus on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and phone companies to:

  • Require phone companies to block illegal robocalls without charging customers any extra money.
  • Require most carriers in the U.S. to ensure that calls are coming from real numbers.
  • Give government regulators more time to find scammers and penalize them more aggressively, increasing fines to $10,000 for illegal robocalling operations. 

See also “Why FTC’s Do Not Call registry doesn’t stop those annoying robo-calls — and how you can stop them!”.

~Eowyn

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Goldbug
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Goldbug

I’ll betcha’ the infamous “Heather With Card Services” will continue calling. No matter how many times you tell them you’re on the Do Not Call list and ask them to please remove your name, they still call.

Lauren Hallahan
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Lauren Hallahan

Her name is Rachel with credit card services…

William
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William

Good. I had so many robocalls I had to change my number. Quiet for awhile but now they are starting to pick up again. It’s bad enough getting calls from Indian call centers but at least you can insult them. Robots are immune to insults

Alma
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Alma

Sorry, POTUS, no matter how many laws you sign and are enacted you cannot stop a robo machine. Just like texting and driving, IT WILL NEVER END.

TrailDust
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There’s an unexpected benefit from a Trump presidency!

Jackie Puppet
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I’ll believe it when my phone doesn’t ring as often…

Reuben G.
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Reuben G.

Flogging should have been part of this law

truckjunkie
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truckjunkie

I’m glad they’re taking this problem (somewhat) seriously,but as with Credit Card Fraud,once they find something that works,some young punk with NO morals,or some foreign Corporation with unlimited funding,will find a new way to defeat it. The only way to stop the “Random Auto-Dialers” will be to actually send people to the foreign Countries where these calls REALLY come from,to the buildings where these machines ARE,and destroy them and arrest everyone who owns them or even uses them. VERY expensive,and VERY dangerous-these entities have a LOT of money invested in these “money-makers”,and apparently won’t give them up without a fight.… Read more »