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The Telecom Digest for Sun, 06 Nov 2016
Volume 35 : Issue 165 : "text" format

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Re: FTC Do-Not-Call web page redesignedRon
FCC Gives ISPs A Year To Adopt New Opt-in Privacy RegimeNeal McLain
This evil office printer hijacks your cellphone connectionMonty Solomon
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <dtkn1c1s0gs45hml9l3pbd27pkaetf2r1j@4ax.com> Date: Thu, 03 Nov 2016 20:19:52 -0400 From: Ron <ron@see.below> 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 https://consumercomplaints.fcc.gov/hc/en-us/articles/202873880-Rules-and-Resources-for-Dealing-with-Unwanted-Calls-and-Texts 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 non-telemarketing robocalls. 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. -- Ron (user telnom.for.plume in domain antichef.com) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <1d4469f7ce100b33cf6bfd1ec0037b41.squirrel@email.fatcow.com> Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2016 11:13:18 -0500 From: "Neal McLain" <nmclain.remove-this@and-this-too.annsgarden.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 other purposes. 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. http://www.multichannel.com/news/fcc/fcc-gives-isps-year-adopt-new-opt-privacy-regime/408863 -or- http://tinyurl.com/jv35l57 Neal McLain ------------------------------ Message-ID: <91BE7B20-7C45-47FA-80AC-3D2967A69067@roscom.com> Date: Sat, 5 Nov 2016 03:53:46 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> 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. http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2016/11/this-evil-office-printer-hijacks-your-cellphone-connection/ ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Sun, 06 Nov 2016

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