NY Law Tackles Telemarketers, Requires Opt-Out Option for All Sellers

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By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Monday that attempts to curb annoying spam phone calls.

The Nuisance Call Act now requires live telemarketers to give consumers the option of being added to the telemarketer's do-not-call list.

It also requires that telemarketers receive permission from a consumer before the consumer's contact information can be sold or shared.

The new law takes effect in 90 days.

"With these new protections, we can help ensure New Yorkers receive fewer unwanted calls and their privacy is protected once and for all," Cuomo said in a statement. 

New York first passed a Do Not Call Law in 2001, which allowed New Yorkers to opt out of pre-recorded "robocalls."

The federal Do Not Call Registry was established in 2003, but consumers have still seen an increase in live telemarketing calls.