Robotic calls and other automated scams are a daily occurrence for millions of Americans. But as stricter rules approach and the FCC is about to imposed a $116 million fine on one robot callerthe agency wants to increase enforcement by being able to sue fraudsters on its own.
“This is a big fine,” Rosenworsel said in a statement accompanying the announcement of the fine. “But it also draws attention to the fact that we need new rules of the game.”
The FCC, like the FTC and other agencies, has the power to determine and propose fines or other financial damages, but does not actually collect them. Instead, he hands over all documents to the Ministry of Justice, which collects them from there. One problem: the fined sometimes manage to pay only part of the amount.
As we saw a few years ago with another massive fine for robocalls, this time by the FTC. the $5 million payment was reduced to $18,332. and proceeds from the sale of the fraudster’s car. In 2020 Rosenworzel lamented that the FCC has fined hundreds of millions and raised… $6,790. Part of this, she said, was due to the Justice Department’s “refusal” to investigate the cases.
The FCC investigates robocall operations, issues cease and desist letters, and coordinates a national resource sharing team with the 41 state attorney general. But, ultimately, it still has to go to justice, and that’s something the agency seems to be tired of.
“We issued a lot of fines like this. But after we do this, we must pass them on to our colleagues in the Ministry of Justice and Justice and look forward to further action,” Rosenworsel said in a statement. “I like hope. But instead of wishing for the best, I would like to be sure that this agency can directly go to court and collect fines from these unscrupulous individuals – from each of them. This will require a change in the law, and we need Congress to fix it. But I think it’s a robot change worth fighting for.”
Unfortunately, Congress is probably too much at war with itself right now to pass the kind of executive empowerment legislation that would be needed here. But hopefully the FCC won’t have to wait too long before it can start legislating itself.
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