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Record multi-million fine for chatbot nuisance calls

A record $120 million fine for nuisance robocalls has been levied in the U.S. The fine related to Miami based salesman Adrian Abramovich who sold holidays and timeshare properties via an unsolicited robocall.

4.5 million complaints made in the U.S. in 2017 about robocalls

In 2017 complaints about automated telemarketing calls (robocalls) in the US rose sharply. Since 2009 they have risen by a factor of five times.

Google's Nexus phones now offer built-in robocall protection

Google has updated the dialer on its Nexus and Android One devices to fend off scammers and directly from the incoming call screen. You'll see an alert if a call is suspected as spam and will be able to immediately block and report the number.

'Robocall' blocking technology needed, FCC tells phone companies

In an open letter to the CEOs of major phone companies on Friday, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) pressed them to take immediate action to make "robocall" blocking technology available to the public at no charge.

Wave of bomb threat calls hit schools across UK and U.S.

Robocall bomb threats called in across the United Kingdom and the U.S. disrupted classes for thousands of students on Monday, forcing buildings to be locked down and many schools to close.

Bomb threats affect schools in New Jersey and Virginia on Friday

It has become a world where no place is really safe anymore, as thousands of children in New Jersey and Northern Virginia found out on Friday after automated phone calls were made to dozens of schools with bomb threats.

Former Conservative staffer off to jail for robocalls

Guelph - Michael Sona, a former member of the Federal Conservative Party staff has been sentenced to nine months in jail for his role in the 2011 Federal Election robocalls scandal.

Op-Ed: Judge confirms fraud occurred in 2011 Canadian election

Ottawa - A federal judge has ruled that election fraud occurred during the May 2011 election. While the Conservative Party (CPC) database was used, fraudulent activity was not tied directly to the CPC and activity did not affect the outcome of the election.

Mayor Bloomberg joins Newtown's outrage over NRA robo-calls

Newtown - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined Newtown residents on Monday in slamming the National Rifle Association’s robocall campaign to residents against any new gun restrictions, saying the NRA “ought to be ashamed."

Guelph Liberal association fined by CRTC for robocall violations

Guelph - In the latest ruling of the robocall saga from last year’s Canadian federal election, the Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has found the Liberal riding association in Guelph guilty of violating the Telecommunications Act.

Reps to investigate robo-call election fraud in Washington State

Seattle - The Republican Party is to investigate claims of election fraud in the Washington State primary. Voters received robo-calls prior to the vote, claiming the caucuses had been delayed by a week.

U.S. FCC sets limits on robocalls and automated text messages

Washington - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has just cut the connection for "robocalls." In response to consumer complaints about this practice, the FCC says it decided to take action.

The Church, Sex Abuse Legislation, Robocalls, and a Lawsuit

A surprising confluence of intense issues has concentrated itself in Brooklyn, New York. All this might not have come to light, had not the Bishop tried to thank the Assemblyman

FTC to ban most telemarketing 'robocalls' as of September 1

The Federal Trade Commission is planning on banning majority of telemarketing prerecorded messages as of September 1, 2009.

The Call of The Reviled: Political phone calls, and what you can do about them

Do Not Call numbers or not, humanity now faces another crisis: the political phone call. From the depths of someone’s campaign funds comes sincerity with a smile. The public, hoping for a call from a loved one or maybe a lottery, isn’t too thrilled.
 

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Hundreds march on Yonge Street towards Old City Hall in protest of the robocall scandal.
Hundreds march on Yonge Street towards Old City Hall in protest of the robocall scandal.