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Tired of telemarketers? New law gives consumers an out

ALBANY – A new law will allow New Yorkers to opt out of pesky phone calls from telemarketers.

The legislation, signed Monday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and effective March 1, mandates that live telemarketing operators give consumers the option to add themselves to a do-not-call list. The law also requires telemarketers to obtain written consent from a person before they can distribute or sell contact information.

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

The legislation comes 18 years after the state enacted the Do Not Call Law, which allows consumers to reject pre-recorded robocalls. Since then, the use of live telemarketers has been on the rise, according to the governor’s news release.

“I’ve heard from so many New Yorkers who are at their wits’ end,” said Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, a Westchester County Democrat who sponsored the bill. “I get these calls myself all the time, and I know how frustrating they can be. With this bill becoming law, our residents can finally get …read more

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