FCC Says Entire Federal Government Can Robocall You

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

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.

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2 responses to “FCC Says Entire Federal Government Can Robocall You”

  1. Leatha Betts says:

    Both my husband and sister-in-law have suffered strokes over the last 6 months.
    When my sister-in-law was having her stroke, the ones calling to inform us, didn’t have a name listing…so we missed the call. Very life-threatening.

    Then my husband had a stroke last month, and the nasty robocallers began using names of physicians with local phone numbers to trick us in to answering. Now we can’t even trust that my husband can have access to his “real” physicians for his needs.

    PLEASE get these robo-calls stopped. It’s life-threatening for our family!!!

  2. LINDA LUND says:

    WHEN YOU RECEIVE ONE OF THESE CALLS YOU ARE UNABLE TO DISCONNECT THE CALL AND MAKE A CALL OUT WHILE THE MESSAGE IS BEEING MADE. THIS IS HIGHJACKING YOUR PRIVATE PHONE. I HAVE A GRANDCHILD THAT HAS LIFE THREATENING ALLLERGIES.(PEANUT AND NUT THAT WILL RESULT IN ANAPHALTIC SHOCK AND DEATH.. THESE CALLS CAN LAST UP TO 3-4 MINUTES WHICH IS CRUCIAL TIME IN A LIFE THREATENING SITUATION. PLEASE STOP THESE ROBO CALLS THAT CAN’T BE DISCONNECTED..PLEASE. IS THEIR MESSAGE MORE IMPORTANT THAN A LIFE???

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