If you thought you were sick of being called by recorded messages during the primaries, just wait ’til the fall. Your man on the hill is Shaun Dakin, the founder of the National Political Do Not Contact Registry, an organization that wants regulators to enforce rules against robot calls.
Sarah Lai Stirland at Wired’s Threat Level blog writes:
California’s public utilities code says that robocalls are only legal when they’re introduced by a live person. But Dakin says that the rules are never enforced, and points to the spate of robocalls conducted by the presidential candidates during this year’s primaries as an example. He says that thousands of Californians have already entered themselves on his unofficial registry in the hopes that they won’t receive any more automated political calls.
And yet his quest seems fruitless. First amendment rights for machines?