Information Technology Acts Essay

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Information Technology Acts As technology has advanced, the need to set rules and regulations have increased to protect consumers from abuse from corporations as they use this new technology. With the speed of new leaps in the technological advances Congress has created laws such as Do Not Call Implementation Act (2003), Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act (US Patriot Act) 2001, Children's Internet Protection Act (2000), No Electronic Theft (NET) Act (1997), Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) 1991, Video Privacy Protection Act, 1988 and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (1986). These are just a few that have come into existence from the information boom. This paper will focus on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the Do Not Call Implementation Act. Congress passed the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) in 1991 as an answer to the consumer concerns about the rising number of unsolicited telephone marketing calls to their homes. ("Unwanted Telephone Marketing Calls", n.d.) The use of automated and prerecorded messages also helped push the call for federal regulation to be put into place. In response the FCC (Federal Communication Commission) set rules that necessitate that anyone making a solicitation call to your home must make available his or her name, the name of the person or entity on whose behalf they are calling, and a telephone number or address that person or entity can be contacted at. The creation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, in turn, prompted the creation of the Do Not Call Implementation Act. The Do Not Call Implementation Act, created in 2003, allows consumers to place their home and wireless telephone numbers on a national registry list that prevents solicitation calls from being made to those telephone numbers. Once the number is on the

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