Albany – New York state is adding live telemarketers to the ban on calling people unsolicited which has been in place for two decades.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the so-called Nuisance Call Act on Monday morning, closing a loophole which limited the Do Not Call Registry to robocalls. The registry now allows people to free themselves from being contacted by live telemarketers as well.
The new law, passed by legislators in June, requires telemarketers to give consumers the option to be added to the seller’s do-not-call list. It also requires written consent to share or sell consumers’ contact information.
“This loophole,” Cuomo said, “is a license to annoy New Yorkers that telemarketers have taken advantage of for far too long.”
In 2001, the Do Not Call Law took effect, which allowed New York consumers to opt out of receiving pre-recorded or “robocalls.” However, since the establishment of the national Do Not Call Registry, consumers have seen an increase in live telemarketing calls, requiring this change in the state law.
“People live busy lives, and the last thing that they need to deal with are disruptive calls from telemarketers,” said Sen. Todd Kaminsky, who sponsored the bill in the Senate. “Over the last few years, the amount of nuisance calls has increased drastically, and this bill would curb these bothersome calls.”
The legislation takes effect in 90 days.