By Jonathan L. Pompan, of counsel, Venable LLP
The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) will host a one-day summit, “Robocalls All the Rage,” on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, “to develop solutions to the rapid rise in illegal robocalls.” The summit comes on the heels of reports that complaints about unwanted calls are on the rise, and a request by some U.S. senators to investigate lead generators.
The FTC’s agenda for the summit covers a wide range of telemarketing-related topics, including a report on the current state of the robocall technology and the industry, along with a discussion of the laws surrounding the use of robocalls. Also on tap is an exploration of potential technological solutions to the problem of illegal robocalls, including panels on caller-ID spoofing and call-authentication technology, data mining and anomaly detection, and call-blocking technology. Finally, the FTC promises a “special announcement” by Bureau of Consumer Protection Director David Vladeck.
The workshop will be open to the public and available through a live webcast at www.ftc.gov.
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For more information, please contact Jonathan L. Pompan at 202-344-4383 or jlpompan@Venable.com.
Jonathan L. Pompan is Of Counsel at Venable LLP in the Washington, D.C., office. He represents nonprofit and for-profit companies in regulated industries, in a wide variety of areas such as before the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, compliance with applicable federal and state regulations, and in connection with Federal Trade Commission and state investigations and law enforcement actions.
This article is not intended to provide legal advice or opinion and should not be relied on as such. Legal advice can only be provided in response to a specific fact situation.