Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Enacting the Nuisance Call Act

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (Office of Gov. Coumo/File)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed the Nuisance Call Act, legislation which protects consumers from several aggressive tactics used by telemarketers. The legislation closes a loophole which allowed live telemarketers to call consumers even if they were listed on the Do Not Call Registry for pre-recorded robocalls.

The legislation also requires live telemarketers to give consumers the option to be added to the seller’s do-not-call list. In addition, it requires telemarketers to have a consumer’s written consent before sharing or selling their contact information.

In 2001, the Do Not Call Law allowed New York consumers to opt out of receiving pre-recorded or “robocalls.” However, it did not preclude them from receiving live telemarketing calls, and this resulted in them receiving far more calls than in the past. As a result, lawmakers decided that a change was needed in the state law.

“This loophole is a license to annoy New Yorkers that telemarketers have taken advantage of for far too long,” Governor Cuomo said. “With these new protections, we can help ensure New Yorkers receive fewer unwanted calls and their privacy is protected once and for all.”

Senator Todd Kaminsky and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin worked on this legislation and they thank Governor Cuomo for signing it into law.

The legislation takes effect in 90 days.