Telemarketing

On January 22nd, 2002, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposed major new restrictions on unwanted telemarketing calls & telemarketing fraud. The proposed rules would establish a national "do-not-call" registry for consumers, maintained by the FTC. Consumers would be able to call a toll-free phone number to place themselves on the national "do-not-call" registry.

The proposed rules would also prohibit telemarketers from blocking or subverting Caller ID systems. Currently, many telemarketers block Caller ID systems to hide their identities.

These changes to the "Telemarketing Sales Rule" are a splendid step toward eliminating unwanted telemarketing intrusions. They could help bring peace & quiet to millions of homes across the country. We strongly urge you to contact the FTC to support them.

The FTC should strengthen some of the proposed anti-telemarketing rules. Most importantly, the FTC should affirmatively require telemarketers to display Caller ID information -- instead of prohibiting them from blocking Caller ID information. Every telemarketer who invades the home should make their Caller ID information available to the public for every phone call they make.<------->What you can do to help:The FTC is asking for public comment on the proposed changes to the Telemarketing Sales Rule. You can submit comments to the FTC by sending email to tsr@ftc.gov. Please tell the FTC that you:1) Strongly support a national "do-not-call" registry; and,2) Want the FTC to affirmatively require telemarketers to transmit Caller ID information on every call instead of merely prohibiting telemarketers from blocking Caller ID systems.

Please convey how important these rules are to you, and to keeping peace & quiet in your home. If you have any telemarketing "horror stories," you may want to tell them to the FTC staff.

The public comment period is open until March 29, 2002.

More Information

News Releases

Nader Urges FCC to Enforce Law Against Telemarketers Using Celebrity Voices
Gary Ruskin | January 25th, 1999

Nader Urges FCC to Enforce Law Against Telemarketers Using Celebrity Voices
Gary Ruskin | January 25th, 1999

Nader and Commercial Alert Propose “Family Hours” Free from Telemarketing Intrusions
Gary Ruskin | September 15th, 1998

Nader and Commercial Alert Propose “Family Hours” Free from Telemarketing Intrusions
Gary Ruskin | September 15th, 1998

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External Links

Telemarketing Fraud: Ditch the Pitch
Federal Trade Commission |

FTC Defends Plan for 'Do-Not-Call' List
Caroline E. Mayer, The Washington Post | January 23, 2002

Telemarketing
Electronic Privacy Information Center |

Telemarketing Fraud - U.S. Department of Justice
United States Department of Justice |

Telemarketing Sales Rule
The Federal Trade Commission | January 22, 2002

States Spare Residents from Telemarketers
Craig Savoye, Christian Science Monitor | December 22, 2000

Junkbusters Anti-Telemarketing Script
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Junkbusters Telemarketing Headlines
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Regulation of the Telemarketing Industry: State and National Do Not Call Registries
Angie A. Welborn, Congressional Research Service | January 31, 2003