Robocalls to cell phones illegal without permission
With Election Day here, take a moment to celebrate temporary relief from the robocall.
Campaigns around the state turn to the quick, cheap outreach to prod voters to the polls. You’ve heard them: “(pause) Hello, this is So-And-So, and I’m calling to urge you to join me in supporting Blah-De-Blah.” Good for you if the message got that far before you hung up.
It may only be worse the next election cycle. As cell phones displace landlines in a quarter of American households, robocalls aren’t just for the dinner table anymore.
Especially if your cell phone is your primary number — the one you used, say, on your voter registration form — you may have been interrupted by a political message during a meeting or running errands.
That’s even though the Federal Communications Commission says it’s illegal. The Telephone Consumer Protection Act doesn’t allow auto-dialed or prerecorded phone calls to cell phones without permission — even from politicians. Robocallers are supposed to weed those numbers from databases. Read more here.