U.S Senators John Thune and Ed Markey introduced a bill this Friday which cracks down on illegal spam robocalls. Illegal automated telemarketing calls could now result in up to $10,000 in penalties for offenders.
The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) act aims to reduce the amount of spam robocalls by increasing the time during which the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) can take action against illegal robocalls. The TRACED act raises the statute of limitations for action against offenders from one year to three years after an illegal spam robocall is placed.
Senator John Thune said: “The TRACED Act targets robocall scams and other intentional violations of telemarketing laws so that when authorities do catch violators, they can be held accountable. This enforcement regime is totally inadequate for scam artists and we need do more to separate enforcement of carelessness and other mistakes from more sinister actors.”
Thune notes that the currently existing penalties are aimed for “lawful telemarketers who make mistakes.“
The proposed bill also requires service providers to implement call authentication which can prevent illegitimate calls from reaching the customers by filtering them out.
“As the scourge of spoofed calls and robocalls reaches epidemic levels, the bipartisan TRACED Act will provide every person with a phone much needed relief. It’s a simple formula: call authentication, blocking and enforcement, and this bill achieves all three,” said Senator Ed Markey in a statement.