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Joined by counterparts from across the country, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller on Wednesday called on Congress to oppose legislation that would allow for robocalls to cell phones. Zoeller says the “mobile informational call act of 2011” would force consumers to pay for the unwanted calls.
The federal legislation would amend the Communications Act of 1934 to allow third parties, such as debt collectors or other businesses, to place automated “informational” calls to cell phones, impacting those who pay by the minute or have a limited number of minutes. Zoeller argues the bill would lead to an invasion of privacy.
“Years ago when we got calls late at night or at dinner something trying to sell something. You multiply those by 10,000 a minute and I think it really poses a clear and present danger to our privacy,” he says.
Currently, federal law allows robocalls to be placed in case of an emergency and to people who have given their explicit consent to receive them. Under the proposed federal bill, businesses would be allowed to robocall any consumer who has provided their telephone number in the course of a transaction – regardless if a consumer asks not to be contacted.