Sunday November 18, 2018

New Bill Would Fine Robocallers Up to $10,000 per Call

Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) announced a new bill this week for cracking down on illegal robocall scams. If passed, the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act would allow the FCC to "levy civil penalties of up to $10,000 per call who intentionally flout telemarketing restrictions." Prosecution will also be easier, as it extends the statute of limitations from one to three years.

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Amidst ever increasing numbers of robocall scams, the TRACED Act gives regulators more time to find scammers, increases civil forfeiture penalties for those caught, promotes call authentication and blocking adoption, and brings relevant federal agencies and state attorneys general together to address impediments to criminal prosecution of robocallers who intentionally flout laws.