Do Not Call…Ever Again

The thing is hardly perfect (seriously, for the last fucking time, no I don’t want to visit your shitty timeshare or cruise on your shitty boat while answering your quick, shitty survey), but this is still good news. No longer will you have to remember to renew the registrations for all of your phone numbers to Canada’s Do Not Call List, as what you’ve already done is now permanent unless you’d like to be removed.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced that the registration of telecommunications numbers on the National Do Not Call List (DNCL) will now be permanent.

Initially, number registrations with the National DNCL were for a set amount of time, after which Canadians would have had to re-register their numbers. This change enhances the CRTC’s ability to protect the privacy of Canadians from unwanted telemarketing calls. Canadians can, at any time, check the National DNCL to find out if their number is on the List and, if they wish, have it removed.

The CRTC would like to remind telecommunications companies of the importance of their role in maintaining the integrity of the National DNCL and encourages the industry to keep working with the CRTC Interconnection Steering Committee (CISC) to find an economic and viable mechanism to remove from the List disconnected and reassigned numbers.

Over 12 million numbers are currently registered and, on average, 1,200 new numbers are still being added every day. The CRTC is continuing to enhance its monitoring in order to ensure that all telemarketers follow the rules. Since the creation of the National DNCL in 2008, the CRTC has conducted 1,200 investigations and has imposed almost $4 million in administrative monetary penalties, which are paid to the Receiver General for Canada.

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