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CRTC fines telemarketers

Published by Steve Coleman on April 02, 2012

Eight-five telemarketers took a body shot from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on April 2.

The federal regulatory agency took action against 85 companies for breaking national telemarketing rules following a five-month investigation.

"Today's announcement should serve as a reminder that registering as a telemarketer is a basic requirement," said Andrea Rosen, the CRTC's Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer in a news release. "Anyone making telemarketing calls to Canadians while not registered and subscribed to the list is strongly encouraged to come into compliance as soon as possible."

The CRTC issued citations against 74 telemarketers who hadn't registered with the National Do Not Call List, while more significant action was taken against an additional 11 companies for more-flagrant rules violations.

CRTC officials levied administrative fines totalling $41,000, but recognized that several of the companies were small businesses.

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