2007-10-05 / Community

'Do Not Call Registry'Due To Expire

Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer wants New York residents to be aware that names will begin expiring from the Do Not Call Registry in early 2008.

The Do Not Call Registry, created in 2003, is a database of phone numbers managed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). When a person adds his or her phone number to the list via the toll-free hotline or FTC website, telemarketers are prohibited from calling that number.

However, names on the list expire after 5 years, with the first wave set to expire in early 2008. Furthermore, the FTC does not send any form of notification to individuals on the Do Not Call Registry alerting them to their upcoming expiration or explaining that an individual is responsible for his own re-registration.

"With the introduction of the Do- Not-Call registry consumers across New York were finally able to rid themselves of unwanted telemarketing calls. It is important that we keep these consumers on the list so that they are not bombarded with telemarketing calls that are unprovoked and unwanted," said Pheffer. "Since most consumers are unaware that their registration expires after five years, it is important that we get this information out to consumers so that they may take action to remain on the list."

Senator Charles Schumer announced legislation to amend the original law and prevent phone numbers from expiring once they are placed on the Do Not Call Registry.

"I advise New Yorkers currently on the list to check the status of their phone numbers on the Do Not Call Registry and to verify the expiration date of the number," said Pheffer. The Do Not Call registry can be accessed online at www.donotcall.gov.

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