Citation Edit

Federal Trade Commission, Telemarketing Sales Rule (16 C.F.R. Part 310) (2013)(full-text).

Overview Edit

The FTC issued the amended "Telemarketing Sales Rule" ("TSR") on January 29, 2003. Like the original TSR issued in 1995, the amended Rule gives effect to the Telemarketing and Consumer Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act. This legislation gave the FTC and state attorneys general law enforcement tools to combat telemarketing fraud, give consumers added privacy protections and defenses against unscrupulous telemarketers, and help consumers tell the difference between fraudulent and legitimate telemarketing.

One significant amendment to the TSR prohibits calling consumers who have put their phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry. Another change covers the solicitation of charitable contributions by for-profit telemarketers.

Other key provisions:

In August 2008 the Commission adopted additional amendments to the TSR that directly address the use of prerecorded messages in telemarketing calls.