Apple and Google Join Alliance to Combat Automated Phone Calls

Apple and Google Join Alliance to Combat Automated Phone Calls

An alliance that contains over 30 technology companies and telecoms has been joined in by Apple and Google parent company Alphabet. The aim of this alliance is to fight against the automated phone calls. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is heading this alliance, known as Robocall Strike Force. The first meeting on the subject was held in Washington, DC by the independent agency today.

Robocalls comprise prerecorded messages that get played on receiving calls from some ambiguous numbers and automated text messages. The reason behind the FCC approaching tech giants like Apple, Alphabet, AT&T and Verizon is to find a way out to safeguard consumers from the harassment of prerecorded messages sent by telemarketers and even big corporations

"We know there is a problem. We know how much consumers dislike these calls. We know the public is frustrated, because they assumed that after they registered for the ‘Do Not Call’ list, this would stop. It did not, so now it is time to take some real action", said Mignon L. Clyburn, the FCC Commissioner.

Randall Stephenson, the CEO of AT&T and the Chairman of the coalition, revealed that the prospective deadline for the alliance to submit some solid plans to speed up the formulation and execution of innovative tools and solutions to the FCC is October 19, 2016. The solutions being looked forward to include some type of Caller ID verification standards that can block the spoofed phone numbers.

Furthermore, government agencies and banks could provide with a list of numbers from which telemarketers make calls and therefore can be blocked as well. Robocalls have been referred to as ‘scrouge’ by Tom Wheeler, the Chairman of the FCC. The agency has also revealed that during the first half of 2016, over 50% of the 175,000 tickets reported at the FCC help center have been done under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).



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