March 6, 2013
Information Technology Acts Paper (Don’t Call Implementation Act, 2003
Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 1988)
Has there ever been a time when dinner is just about to start and in the middle of saying prayer the phone rings? Dad gets up to answer the phone and on the other end is a telemarketer. The telemarketer is trying to sell something and dad isn’t interested; its dinner time he says, or maybe it is some voice recording selling something. It has happened to just about everyone. Because there have been advances in information technology; the result has been the creation of Acts of Congress to address the ethical issues which could violate our right to privacy. In this essay two Acts will be discussed: The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 and The Do Not Call Implementation Act of 2003. Both acts have to deal with our rights to privacy. “In 1991, Congress passed the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the first federal law regulating the actions of legitimate telemarketers. Its purpose is to strike a balance between protecting the rights of consumers and allowing businesses to use telemarketing effectively. Regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), this law requires telemarketers to formalize their existing policies and, where necessary, create new ones to bring their operations into compliance with the following main restrictions” (code of ethics, 2005). The Telephone Consumer Protection Act was the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) way to address the issues of the growing telemarketers in America. The Act addresses the issues pertaining to telemarketers responsibilities of proper identification, call hour restrictions, “Do not Call” Policies, auto dialers, facsimile regulations, and enforcement of penalties...