Date: Thu, 03 Nov 2016 20:19:52 -0400
From: Ron <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: FTC Do-Not-Call web page redesigned
>***** Moderator's Note *****
>To the readers -
>This post makes me realize that I'm not up on the current Do-Not-Call
>laws. If you know about them, please post a summary of the changes,
>especially ones that affect cell phones: I'm very interested in the
>"prior relationship" exceptions as well. TIA.
ref: FCC regs from
Know Your Rights: The Rules on Robocalls and Robotexts
1. Telemarketing calls can be stopped by consumers through the Do Not
Call registry which protects both landline and wireless phones.
2. All non-emergency robocalls, both telemarketing and informational,
require a consumer's permission to be made to a wireless phone.
These calls can include political, polling, and other
3. Robocalls either use a technology with the capacity to autodial or
utilize a pre-recorded or artificial voice.
4. Calls and text messages have the same protection under FCC rules.
5. Phone companies face no legal barriers to offering consumers the
use of technologies that block robocalls to any phone. The FCC
encouraged the companies to offer this resource.
6. Consumers can take back their permission to be called or texted in
any reasonable way. A calling company cannot require someone to
fill out a form and mail it in as the only way to revoke consent.
7. An existing commercial relationship does not constitute permission
to be robocalled or texted.
8. Consent to be called or texted cannot be a condition of a sale or
other commercial transaction.
9. Callers are allowed to call a wrong number only once before
updating their list. This most commonly comes up when one person
consented to be called or texted but then they gave up that number
and it was reassigned to someone else. Callers have resources
available to them to help them know ahead of time if a number's
"owner" has changed.
10. Urgent calls or texts specifically for health or fraud alerts may
be allowed without prior consent. They must be free, and
consumers can say "stop" at any time.
11. Congress gave consumers a private right of action against callers
that violate the TCPA. The Commission has also enforces the rules
proactively, often stemming from consumer complaints.
in domain antichef.com)
Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2016 11:13:18 -0500
From: "Neal McLain" <email@example.com>
Subject: FCC Gives ISPs A Year To Adopt New Opt-in Privacy Regime
FCC Gives ISPs Year To Adopt New Opt-in Privacy Regime
By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 11/03/2016
The FCC says it will give ISPs a year, and theoretically even longer,
to get their subs' permission (notice and choice) before sharing web
browsing and app use histories with third parties for marketing and
A divided FCC voted Oct. 27 on the new broadband privacy opt-in regime
for sharing web browsing and app info. The order also includes data
security and data breach notification rules as well as a prohibition
on making info sharing a quid pro quo for service, and a case-by-case
look at offering incentives to share info.
Date: Sat, 5 Nov 2016 03:53:46 -0400
From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: This evil office printer hijacks your cellphone connection
This evil office printer hijacks your cellphone connection
Julian Oliver has for years harbored a strange obsession with spotting
poorly disguised cellphone towers, those massive roadside antennae
draped in fake palm fronds to impersonate a tree, or even hidden as
spoofed lamp posts and flag poles. The incognito base stations gave
him another, more mischievous idea. What about a far better-disguised
cell tower that could sit anonymously in office, invisibly hijacking
cellphone conversations and texts?
Earlier this week, the Berlin-based hacker-artist unveiled the result:
An entirely boring-looking Hewlett Packard printer that also secretly
functions as a rogue GSM cell base station, tricking your phone into
connecting to it rather than your phone carrier's tower, effectively
intercepting your calls and text messages.
End of telecom Digest Sun, 06 Nov 2016