Known in its entirety under the law TRACED name (Pallone-Abuse Phone Abuse robocall Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act) anti-robocall planned legislation became law. This decision follows almost unanimous bipartisan support in the Senate and the House of Representatives.
“This historic legislation will provide US consumers even greater protection against unwanted automated calls,” wrote the office Stephanie Grisham, Press Secretary of the White House.
“American families deserve control of their communications,” the statement said, “and this legislation will update our laws and regulations to toughen penalties, increase transparency and improve collaboration of the government to stop unwanted solicitations.”
“President Donald J. Trump is proud to have worked with Congress to get this bipartisan legislation on his desk, and even more proud to promulgate today,” he concluded.
The Pallone-Thune TRACED law, the name of the representative Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.) And Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) Extends mainly the powers and authority of the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC will be able to impose fines of up to $ 10,000 per call for automated calls defined as abusing the system and committing offenses. Offenders can now be prosecuted by the Justice Department.
Operators will implement or develop a type of authentication technology STIR / SHAKEN, which aims to fight against the usurpation of phone numbers. They will also be required to offer free to their users call blocking services. Previously, 12 telephone companies, including ATT and Verizon promised to implement authentication procedures.
“The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to promulgate rules establishing when a provider can block a voice call based on the information provided by the authentication framework of calls,” said a summary of previous Congress.gov, “but must also establish a process allowing a caller affected by the framework to verify the authenticity of his call. “
With this new law, the FCC will be required to report annually on the application, but will also be able to recommend other laws. Before the entry into force of the law, the FCC will also work on the rules for calls and SMS.
“I applaud the Congress for bipartisan way worked against illegal automated calls and identity theft,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, in a statement. “I thank the President and Congress for additional tools and flexibility that the law provides.”
“Specifically, I am pleased that the agency now has a period longer limitation in which we can pursue fraudsters,” he continued, “and I look forward to the removal of a previously warning required that we had to give illegal callers before imposing severe sanctions. ”