Americans will soon have more power to put an end to annoying robocalls. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is posting data from consumer complaints online in an effort to promote feedback and prevent robocalls.
The FCC says these automated messages that interrupt people at all hours of the day are the most frequent complaints submitted by consumers.
Aaron Foss, founder of call blocker NomoRobo, said he’s traditionally had to submit a Freedom of Information Act Request in order to get the information the FCC is now publicly releasing.
“For the past two years I have been advocating for all of the government organizations to report this data,” Foss told 7 News. “And the push-back that we always get is that there’s personally identifiable information, what about the consumer, how do we protect the consumer, and what I’ve been saying is, ‘Listen we don’t need to know any consumer information. All we need to know is what is the robocaller’s phone number.’ If we get that, that really helps us.”
The data the FCC is releasing will be limited to the phone numbers of robocallers. As of today, there are more than 16,000 numbers posted online and it will be updated every week. The FCC hopes this list will encourage more blocking tools, like NomoRobo, which is free for Internet-based phone numbers.