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ICYMI: #SubDCCP Examines Efforts to Combat Robocalls


WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection held a hearing examining the latest and greatest technology to combat robocalls, caller ID spoofing, and telemarketing scams.

With robocalls and so-called ‘neighbor spoofing’ on the rise, #SubDCCP highlighted the innovation and apps available to help consumers protect themselves.

Check out some of the coverage of the hearing below.

Lawmakers, tech industry look to thwart robocalls

Lawmakers are looking to work with the tech industry to stop a nuisance for millions of Americans: robocalls.

Robocalls, automated calls that use a computerized system to deliver pre-recorded messages or to connect a call to everyday Americans, are a problem for many, but especially the elderly, according to the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection.

Last year, Americans were bombarded with 30.5 billion robocalls, an overall rise in calls from 29.3 billion robocalls placed in 2016. More than 3 billion calls were placed just this past March.

“We’re now at a point in my house where, when the [landline] rings, I tell my husband don’t answer,” Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., said at a Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection subcommittee hearing Friday with founders of Robocall blocking systems, including RoboKiller and Nomorobo, as well as other tech executives. Lawmakers are trying to get the tactics behind these calls nailed down and focus on best practices to figure out a solution to end them.

Members shared personal stories of getting calls during the hearing, even prompting a member to download the app RoboKiller on the spot.

“I am going to be in the get even mode here real soon with these scammers,” Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., told Ethan Garr, the chief product officer of TelTech Systems, which makes RoboKiller. Garr was testifying on best practices and ways RoboKiller changes the game when dealing with robocall scammers.

More often than not, the most vulnerable to these scams use landline phones. But stopping landline calls is more difficult than mobile calls, the experts said. …

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Click here to watch the full segment which aired on FOX affiliates nationwide.


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