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Do-Not-Call List Criticized

PERSONAL PRIVACY

July 9, 2010

Critics of the National Do-Not-Call List are labeling it as "totally useless" and arguing it should be scrapped. With more than 300,000 complaints against unwanted telemarketers, the government has imposed $73,000 in fines but had collected only $250 as of March 1, the Canadian Press reports. The free service is aimed at restricting unwanted telemarketing calls and faxes by barring calls to numbers included on the list. Telemarketers that ignore the list can be fined up to $1,500 individually or $15,000 for companies. "It is a colossal disappointment," said MP Dan McTeague, calling it "a very hollow and very empty promise to provide consumers with a modicum of assurance the list would be respected."
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