New rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission put limits on telemarketing companies that call or text message you.
According to CNN, the rules will expand upon limits put in place in 2008 by the FCC regarding automatically dialed or pre-recorded calls known as “robocalls” and automated text messages.
The new rules stipulate that telemarketers would have to get permission in writing before placing an automated call to a consumer. Before the change, companies with an established business relationship with a particular consumer can call them without permission.
Information calls, regarding things like school closing information and flight cancellations, are an exception. They can be made to land-line phones without written permission, but cellphones and text messages have stricter rules.
The companies will also be required to let you opt out of any future calls during their robocall.