If you own a phone or smart watch, you’ve probably received a spam call or text at least once throughout your lifetime. Just people in the US alone receive billions of robocalls per month. Because of the technology we have today, hiding your true identity online has been made cheap and easy, especially through calls. On the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) website, a list of “Consumer Tips” has been released to avoid getting these calls. This list includes suggestions from talking to your phone company to see if they offer a robocall blocking service to simply not answering calls from unknown numbers.
Over time, the FCC has implemented new laws and regulations to act against robocalls. These rules require all providers to either install a new technology created by the FCC or to institute a program for minimizing spam calls. It has been found that almost 2,000 companies have the new technology installed, more than 1,500 have partially adopted it, and a little more than 1,000 claim that they are excluded from the requirements “because they’re intermediate providers that don’t originate or complete calls.”
In result, the number of monthly spam calls has split almost in half; it’s dropped from 2.1 billion to 1.1 billion in the year since the law has been passed. However, with spammers' calls being limited, a new problem has risen: spam texts. Spam texts have gone from 1 billion a month to 12 billion, according to a leading robocall-filtering company. These texts can be very dangerous; they can lead to your devices being hacked, your personal information being stolen, and more. Although calls from unknown numbers have decreased recently, the texts have drastically increased to the point where there are more spam texts than there were calls before the new laws were passed, making it an even bigger problem than the calls were.
- Have you ever received a robocall or text message?
- Do you think that more regulations should be set to limit spam texts as well as calls?
- Should phone companies be held responsible for limiting robocalls?