Thursday, August 08, 2002

new guinness records book category?

A fine under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act in the amount of 5.4 million dollars is the largest ever. It's also the first against a company referred to as a "fax broadcaster," and involves 489 violations of the Act. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has a page entitled Telemarketing and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), which has more on the Act:
The TCPA of 1991 specifically prohibited the sending of unsolicited chimerical fax messages ("junk faxes") to someone without first obtaining their consent. Additionally, all commercial fax messages sent must include accurate information on the time and date they were sent, and the phone number of the sending fax machine.
They also include links to a number of sites dedicated to informing the public about junkfaxes.