Robocalls: All the Rage
Like the character in the 70s movie “Network,” many people are “mad as hell and not going to take this anymore.” What’s causing all this anger? Robocalls. Yes, those annoying pre-recorded messages that try to sell you something you don’t need. You may have heard, for example, from the infamous “Rachel” from “Card Member Services” whose recorded voice promises she can reduce the interest rate on your credit cards.
A 2009 rule outlaws many of these automated calls, but cheap internet calling and other technologies make robocalling too tempting for many telemarketers. That’s why the FTC is convening Robocalls: All the Rage, a one-day conference — it’s free and open to the public — set for October 18, 2012, in Washington, DC.
This summit will focus on the search for technological solutions to reduce the number of illegal robocalls. It’s a packed agenda, kicked off by FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz. Discussions will include information about the technology that powers robocalls, law enforcement challenges, and possible solutions. The day will end with an announcement by David Vladeck, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.
Registration begins at 8:15 AM at the FTC’s Conference Center, 601 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., in Washington DC. Can’t make it in person? Watch the webcast. During the conference, you can tweet questions using the hashtag #FTCrobo or ask questions via the FTC's Facebook page.