March 16, 2020 - Privacy + Data Security

Amendment To New York Telemarketing Law Bans Some Sales Calls to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Affected Areas

A late-2019 amendment to New York’s telemarketing law, AB 117, prohibits telemarketers from knowingly making certain kinds of prerecorded sales calls to consumers who are located in a county, city, town, or village that is under a state of emergency or disaster emergency. The amended law applies to prerecorded telemarketing calls made to natural persons absent either the request of the called person or an established business relationship with the person. Since this amendment is recent, and made no change other than this prohibition, many businesses may not yet have incorporated the ban into their telemarketing compliance programs.

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