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House moves to protect phone subscribers from spam calls/messages

Jan 5, 2018 @ 10:46

The House committee on information and communications technology has approved a bill seeking the establishment of a “No Calls and No Text Registration System” to protect phone subscribers from unsolicited calls and spam text messages.

The committee chaired by Tarlac second-district Rep. Victor Yap referred for plenary consideration the unnumbered bill creating a “No Calls and No Text” registry system, which would keep the identity and privacy of registered persons confidential.

Under the proposal, the system to be managed by the National Privacy Commission shall ensure to keep the identity and privacy of the persons registered highly confidential. As such, only their telephone numbers may be accessed from the registry.

Any phone subscriber may manage and limit the outbound and unsolicited calls and texts that he or she shall receive through registration of his or her telephone number in the No Voice Call Registry and/or No Text Massage Registry of the NPC.

To register, a subscriber needs to present a government identification card and proof of exclusive ownership over a particular telephone number. The subscriber must also pay a fee, to be determined by the NPC.

For minors, or those below 18 years of age, registration of their mobile numbers may be done by their parents or legal guardians.

Telephone numbers registered in the No Calls and No Text Registry shall not be changed or removed except upon the request of the owner in writing. Invalid or disconnected telephone numbers may be changed or removed upon adequate validation of the NPC.

The bill prohibits unsolicited calls and text messages to be made or sent to the telephone numbers on the registry.

Any person who wants to call or send text messages to numbers in the registry is also required to register his number. Non-registration of the unauthorized caller and/or sender as required under Section 10 of the Act shall not be an excuse from liability.

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