New Loophole In Do Not Call For Recorded Telemarketing Efforts?
from the maybe,-possibly dept
It looks like some privacy groups are raising a stink over a proposed change to the FTC’s rules on telemarketing, allowing telemarketing calls if they’re pre-recorded, but only for companies who already have a relationship with whoever it is they’re calling. The FTC says that people are making a bigger story out of this then it really is, because all they’re really doing is trying to line up their own “Do Not Call” rules with the FCC’s “Do Not Call” rules — which already allows these sorts of pre-recorded messages. Unfortunately, the idea of a “pre-existing relationship” can be quite vague, and you can be sure that some telemarketers would interpret it quite broadly. Still, this discussion could use a few more details before it’s worth getting too worked up about it. A simple solution is just to make it clear that such messages are only allowed if the person specifically agrees to receive such messages, and not just because of any relationship.