Robo-call prevention bill passes in NY Senate committee

Mar28 Hoylman robocall bill

State Senator Brad Hoylman

On Tuesday, Senator Brad Hoylman and Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou announced that a bill of theirs aimed at banning robo-calls in the state of New York has passed in the Senate Committee.

The Robocall Prevention Act came in response to the scourge of the record number of robocalls placed in 2018, a total of 47.8 billion nationwide.

If signed into law, the RPA would:

  • Prohibit any person or entity from making robocalls to any telephone number owned by a person in New York State, unless for emergency purposes or with the prior express consent of the call recipient;
  • Require telephone service companies to have technology available that would block unwanted robocalls, free of charge to the consumer;
  • Give the State Attorney General new enforcement powers on robocalls and authorize new civil penalties of up to $2,000 per robocall, up to $20,000 for calls placed in violation of the law within a continuous 72-hour period; and
  • Grant New Yorkers a private right of action to go after violators themselves, and allow courts to award treble damages for those who knowingly violate the law.

“There isn’t an issue I hear more about from constituents than the proliferation of robocalls,” said Hoylman. “These calls aren’t just annoying — they’re dangerous, and often used to defraud unsuspecting consumers, seniors, and vulnerable New Yorkers.”

Hoylman first sponsored legislation last May.

5 thoughts on “Robo-call prevention bill passes in NY Senate committee

  1. Nice sentiment, but good luck collecting those fines. It’s not like these are legitimate businesses making these scam calls. I recall reading somewhere that the Feds have levied millions in fine, and have so far collected something like five thousand dollars.

    I wonder if this applies to political robocalls as well. During election seasons, most of the recorded messages I get are from elected officials.

  2. >>I wonder if this applies to political robocalls as well.<<

    Surely the politicians will exempt themselves!

  3. If each unlawful call will cost $2K, then the max fine ($20K) is equal to 10 calls within 72 hours. My wife and I alone receive at least that number of calls a day.

    The problem is not Robocalls per se. It is using hacking techniques to cause a fraudulent name and phone number via cller IDl. Similar to the techniques used to send emails that appear to come from a trusted source, displaying a fraudulent number is clled Spoofing. It can be used on either Robocalls or attended calls.

    • I’ve had several robot calls from local numbers which were “appropriated” by the hackers. Also had one from “Verizon Witeless” telling me my service had been disconnected. I figured that if they couldn’t spell “Wireless” it was a safe bet it wasn’t worth worrying about!

  4. Typical ‘action’ from idiot Hoylman. The Attorney General will have ZERO powers if these calls originate outside of New York State. Some calls originate overseas, too.

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