ftc contest winners hang up robocallers

By Daniel Bean

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You’ve probably been robocalled. You answer the phone and some prerecorded message is already in full stride trying to sell you something.

Last August, the Federal Trade Commission launched the Robocall Claiming, prompting individuals, teams, and baby corporations to submit their solutions for stifling unlawful and unwanted robocalling. This week, the winners were announced.

The FTC declared a tie for the overall winner category. The award and cash prize of $50,000 was shared between Serdar Danis and Aaron Foss. Their submissions, titled “Robocall Filtering System and Device with Autonomous Blacklisting,Whitelisting, GrayListing and Caller ID Spoof Detection” and “Nomorobo,” respectively, both advance a CAPTCHA-style analysis to prevent unlawful calls from ringing buttoned up, as able-bodied as a technology to “blacklist” robocaller phone numbers.

Danis’s proposal would deploy software in the anatomy of a moving phone app, a separate electronic device in a user’s at ease, or a aspect of a provider’s telephone service to analyze and block robocalls. Foss’s proposal is a cloud-based solution that would statement “simultaneous ringing,” which intercepts all calls and allows desired or approved incoming numbers to be routed to a second telephone line.

“The solutions that our winners came up with accept the abeyant to turn the tide on unlawful robocalls, and they appearance the sageness of tapping into the adeptness and mechanical expertise of the public,” Charles Harwood, acting director of FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement. “We’re hoping these winning proposals acquisition their road to the marketplace soon, and will accommodate relief to millions of American consumers harassed by these calls.”

Daniel Klein and Dean Jackson from Google were again chosen for the Robocall Claiming Technology Achievement Award, the non-cash prize, ample corporation category, for their “Crowd-Sourced Call Identification and Suppression” solution.

Google currently offers a moving phone spam solution.

The company’s Google Articulation service includes options to tag certain numbers as spam so that the calls or texts are redirected to a spam folder or articulation mailbox, never ringing to your moving phone. The Global Spam Filtering choice can again automatically redirect calls, texts, and voicemails from any of the numbers in the Google database that accept been identified as spam. Google Articulation can operate on your current moving phone figure or act as a second line to forward calls to.

Sept. 1, 2009, pronounced the alpha of the current regulations against most prerecorded telemarketing calls. Robocalls that are considered to be “purely informational” are the legal exception to robocall regulations.

According to the FTC, “calls to let you apperceive your flight’s been cancelled, reminders about an appointment, or messages about a delayed school opening,” are all considered legal examples of robocalling. So are those political campaign calls.

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Originall posted April 4, 2013