Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

Fighting Back Against Junk Faxers

from the gotta-do-something dept

While everyone is focused on stamping out spam and telemarketing calls, junk faxes - which have been outlawed for a dozen years - are still causing people to rise up in anger. The article mentions Steve Kirsch's $2.2 trillion lawsuit against for violating the law. The response from the junk faxers reads just like the response from many spammers. They don't believe they're doing anything wrong in inundating people with stuff they don't want and never asked for - sometimes costing them money. However, more and more angry consumers are taking the faxers to court (though, usually for less than $2.2 trillion) - and winning.

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    Oliver Wendell Jones, 16 Dec 2003 @ 9:42am

    Caller ID

    Last year my sister bought me a fabulous Caller ID box. It has 64K of RAM for storing a ton of names and numbers, it also has the ability to page me and leave the number of people that call while I'm away, or, most importantly, to block calls from various numbers.

    Once a call comes in from a number you no longer wish to receive calls (or faxes) from, you select that number in the list and then click "Copy To" and select "Block list".

    After that, any time that phone number shows up the caller ID box will 'pick up' the phone and then 'hang up' the phone so that the phone stops ringing. You can add "Blocked Call" and "Private Call" to the list so that you can block calls that try and hide their phone number.

    It may be the most used Christmas gift I've ever received.

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