US Court Finds Anti-Robocall Rule Made Nearly Every Smartphone User a Criminal
A federal appeals court on Friday overturned a portion of an Obama-era rule aimed at curbing unwanted calls from nuisance telemarketing companies.
The court found that a provision of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), intended to limit the use of automated dialers to make uninvited calls, was unreasonably expansive. The rule amending the TCPA was passed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2015 under its previous Democratic leadership.
The case, heard by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, was brought against the FCC by ACA International, a trade association representing credit and collection agencies.