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Text spam has become an epidemic, but PrivacyStar has made filing complaints with the FTC easier.

Text spam has become an epidemic, but PrivacyStar has made filing complaints with the FTC easier.

Discussion:  As receiving spam text messages on personal cell phones has become a real problem, and reporting that spam an even bigger problem, the Android app PrivacyStar has come up with a free solution.  PrivacyStar, in addition to its existing features only accessible to its subscribers, just added a free-to-use feature which will help users file formal complaints with the Federal Trade Commission directly from their smarphones.  Text message spam rose by 45% in 2012, totalling more than 4.5 billion text messages.  Before 2011, there were few authoritative bodies people could complain to and expect meaningful change, now citizens can file complaintes with the FTC with little more than a single tap of their finger.

Source:  CNN News

Date:  February 13, 2013

Link:  http://money.cnn.com/2013/02/13/technology/mobile/privacystar-text-spam-app/index.html

Discussion Questions:

  • Why is filing a complaint about spam, or asking the sender to stop sending spam, so difficult?
  • Is it legal to send spam text messages to private phone numbers when it may cause the phone owner to incur text message charges?

 

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