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Missouri Attorney General joins group targeting robocalls

Missouri Attorney General joins group targeting robocalls

December 11th, 2018 in Local News

FILE - In a Friday, May 25, 2018 file photo, Missouri Attorney General and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley takes questions from the media in Macon, Mo.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Monday he has joined a bipartisan group of 40 state attorneys general to stop or reduce repetitive and potentially harmful robocalls.

The coalition is reviewing the technology that major telecommunication companies are pursuing to combat illegal robocalls.

"Missourians complain regularly about repeated robocalls that interrupt their daily lives," Hawley said in a press release. "As a part of this group, my office is working to find ways to fight spoofing and other robocalls that are not prevented by the No-Call List."

Hawley said the multistate group has had meetings with several major telecommunications companies since its formation. He said those meetings have led to greater information sharing about the technological capabilities currently in existence or in development to fight these calls.

The areas Hawley and his colleagues are working on include:

  • Develop a detailed understanding of what is technologically feasible to minimize unwanted robocalls and illegal telemarketing.
  • Engage the major telecommunication companies to encourage them to expedite the best possible solutions for consumers.
  • Determine whether states should make further recommendations to the FCC.