2008-03-07 / Community

Pheffer: 'Do Not Call' List Will Not Expire

Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer wants New York residents to be aware that federal legislation has been enacted and signed by the President to ensure that telephone numbers registered with the Do Not Call Registry will not be automatically removed after five years.

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, the initial legislation stated that numbers on the list expire after five years, with the first wave set to expire in 2008.

"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.

Senator Charles Schumer (D-New York) sponsored legislation to amend the original law and prevent phone numbers from expiring once they are placed on the Do Not Call Registry.

This legislation was passed by Congress and signed into law on February 15, 2008.

The Do Not Call registry can be accessed online at www.donotcall.gov.

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