Government Cracks Down on 'Robocalls'

Federal government to require written consent for automated phone calls.
2:02 | 02/15/12

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Maddening part of modern life those mobile calls from irritating salesman tonight the federal government cracking down saying enough. Going to extremes to make it harder than ever for the calls to interrupt your family dinner and here's ABC's Dan Harris. -- -- -- -- -- -- And lesions on the -- -- -- senior period. It is one of the most annoying aspects of modern life those really -- calls -- ago on her home thrown. There there are cauldron -- new -- hello hello YouTube is brimming with complaints about those unsolicited -- -- Every night at -- time marketers rev up their computers and dial countless numbers ringing phones all over America. Yes. But today after thousands of Americans complained. None of us like being -- erupted. By robocalls -- the feds said they will now require companies to get your expressed written consent. Before they -- Call or text you. Consumers who don't mind getting automatic calls can continue to get them. But -- where there are loopholes politicians and pollsters can still robo call you. And it's still okay for companies to call you the old fashioned way with human beings. So what can you do. Chris Moran from consumers dot com came to my office with some advice they do not call registry as is the biggest thing. Right step one go to do not call dot -- and sign up for the do not call list. Step two threatened to sue you have that right in the company's know it. And -- three never give out your phone number on the check -- line. -- dirty truth though is that marketers will still try to find ways to reach you you didn't take all the steps you can't end this scourge permanently. Know that these are all. But putting up -- dam against a huge where the Fed's acknowledge this but they insist that today they struck a big blow making dinnertime in America. Much saner. Dan Harris ABC news New York.

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