ALBANY – New York’s Governor signed legislation Monday that aims to close a loophole in the do not call registry.
Governor Andrew Cuomo says the Nuisance Call Act requires live telemarketers to give consumers the option to be added to the seller’s do-not-call list.
It also requires telemarketers to have a consumer’s written consent before sharing or selling their contact information.
“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.”
In 2001, the Do Not Call Law took effect, which allowed New York consumers to opt out of receiving pre-recorded or “robocalls.”
However, Cuomo said since the establishment of the national Do Not Call Registry, consumers have seen an increase in live telemarketing calls, requiring this change in the state law.
The legislation takes effect in 90 days.