(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Sprint has agreed to pay the Federal Communications Commission $7.5 million in violation fees concerning the Do Not Call list, marking this as the largest Do Not Call settlement ever reached.
“We expect companies to respect the privacy of consumers who have opted out of marketing calls,” said Acting Chief of the Enforcement Bureau, Travis LeBlanc. “When a consumer tells a company to stop calling or texting with promotional pitches, that request must be honored. Today’s settlement leaves no question that protecting consumer privacy is a top enforcement priority.”
In addition to the fine, Sprint also agreed to implement a two-year compliance plan that protects customers from receiving unwanted telemarketing calls, start a training program to teach employees and contractors how to record Do Not Call requests, and designate a senior corporate manager to make sure the company complies with the Commission’s regulations, according to a report from the FCC.
This isn’t Sprint’s first time paying a fine concerning the Do Not Call registry. In 2011, the mobile carrier paid $400,000 to the U.S. Treasury after many users complained that they were still receiving marketing calls after they had been placed on the list.