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Re: ENUM and unsolicited messages

  • To: Richard Shockey < >
  • From: Jim Reid < >
  • Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2003 18:16:20 +0000
  • Cc: "Amelia Effendi" < >

>>>>> "Richard" == Richard Shockey richard@localhost writes:

    Richard> More importantly the US has and I'm told the UK is
    Richard> looking into strong "do not call" legislation that
    Richard> prevents unsilicited "phone calls" the way the
    Richard> legislation was written in the US is technology neutral
    Richard> and as such should cover VoIP very well.

This is all very well, but how can the law be enforced? I'm sure the
cops will say they have better things to do with their time if/when
someone complains. And what if the unsolicited VoIP call comes from
overseas or the cyber-cafe down the road? Good luck identifying the
caller let alone get them into court.

Perhaps I'm just been too cynical about this. UK regulations are
supposed to prevent me from receiving unwanted phone calls and SMS
messages. I've signed up for the telemarketer's opt-out lists. [It
should of course be an opt-in list for those who *want* to get this
crap, but let's have that debate another time.] Yet I still get
unsolicited calls and SMS. When I complain to my telcos, they say it's
nothing to do with them. And when I've complained to the regulator,
they say it's not their problem either. They say it's not their fault
some marketing companies don't use the opt-out lists and the regulator
has no way of compelled those companies to use them.

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