FCC Says Entire Federal Government Can Robocall You
Stemming from a Supreme Court case that found the entire federal government to be exempt from the Telephone Communications Protection Act because the government is not a “person” as defined by the law.
From the Hill
“…found the law does not apply to the government because of sovereign immunity. The government, the FCC ruled, falls outside the law’s definition of a “person.”
“Indeed, had Congress wanted to subject the federal government to the TCPA, it easily could have done so by defining ‘person’ to include the federal government,” according to the ruling.
That means that contractors hired by members of Congress can robocall individuals to participate in town halls, government researchers can place autodialed calls to the cellphones of survey respondents, and contractors can make similar calls to offer information about social security. “
Recently the End Robocalls campaign and thousands of you called on the FCC to put strong consumer protections on a new law that allows debt collectors to make robocalls on behalf of the federal government. That effort is still underway in the FCC. However, this newest ruling from the FCC based on that Supreme Court decision could potentially allow millions of government-generated robocalls that were previously considered off-limits.