The tech giants, along with a bunch of other companies, are teaming up with the government to eradicate robocallers.
Robocallers, you have met your match. Those annoying calls you get may be a thing of the past if a new collaboration between Google, Apple, Verizon, AT&T and a host of other big tech companies, who are working with the federal government to tackle the issue.
These companies have signed up for the “Robocall Strike Force,” and they held their first meeting with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. They will report to the FCC in October on how they can stop robocalls with whatever tools they have at their disposal — they’re likely to focus on Caller ID verification standards as key to blocking spoofed phone numbers from getting around rules and regulations.
“Robocalls and telemarketing calls are currently the number one source of consumer complaints at the FCC. The Commission is committed to protecting consumers from unwanted calls and giving them more control over the calls and texts they receive,” an FCC statement reads. “We will tackle robocalls on as many fronts as possible, whether by implementing new rules, issuing tailored declaratory judgments, encouraging new pro-consumer innovation or urging the private sector to step up and stop this scourge.
“Today, consumers have protections from unwanted calls,” it continues. “For example, the FCC requires private robocallers to have prior consent to robocall or robotext your cell phone. Further, consumers can register their numbers with the FTC’s Do Not Call list, which requires legitimate telemarketers to stop calling you. In addition, the FCC expects that phone companies will respond to consumer requests to block robocalls.”