Trump signs TRACED Act into law to increase robocall fines, extend the statute of limitations from 1 to 4 years, and require carriers to deploy STIR/SHAKEN protocol (Devin Coldewey/TechCrunch)

On Thursday evening, September 13, President Trump signed the Telephone Consumer Protection Act Reauthorization and Reform (TRACED) Act of 2018. This legislation was passed by both chambers of Congress earlier this year and will take effect immediately. It expands the existing Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to include any unsolicited telephone calls to a wireless, landline, or mobile number. In addition, the new law increases the statutory damages that may be awarded against a violator, extends the statute of limitations to four years from the date that the caller knew or had reason to know that the call was illegal, and mandates that all carriers must provide a single STIR/SHAKEN option for their subscribers to block unwanted calls. As a result, every carrier will soon be required to offer its subscribers the ability to opt-in to STIR/SHAKEN.

 What is the TRACED Act?

The TRACED Act is a bill proposed in the United States Congress in February 2015 and was written to address the need for an overhaul of the current healthcare system in the United States. The bill has been drafted with an emphasis on improving the quality of care offered to all citizens of the country by having the government provide an alternative to the private insurance industry.  This is the only way that science can evolve and thrive. The American public is the largest and most influential group of consumers. If they can’t access the data and information underlying the research, it’s hard for them to understand, evaluate, or trust it.

How Trump signed TRACED Act into law?

President Trump signed the TRACED Act, or the Trade Transparency and Accountability Act, into law. It requires companies to reveal the country of origin of their goods and services. A new government report found that the United States imported $19.4 billion of products that originated in China, Mexico, or Canada, yet Americans spent $12.3 billion on those same goods. This expansion includes new protections for all foreign trafficking victims regardless of whether they are U.S. citizens. In addition to new protections, the TRACED Act also amends the TVPRA to ensure that trafficking victims are afforded due process under the Constitution and that they are provided legal representation throughout any proceedings related to the case.

Why Trump signed TRACED Act?

It’s hard to say that a bill was ever passed without a fair amount of controversy and opposition. That was certainly true of the TRACED Act (Telecommunications Reform, Accountability, Consumer Protection, and Equity), which President Trump signed into law last month. The TRACED Act is a bill that passed through Congress earlier this year after an extensive period spent in debate and negotiation. The TRACED Act, which is short for Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence, is a set of bills introduced to address the growing epidemic of illegal and unsolicited telemarketing calls, also known as robocalls.


In conclusion, Congress has passed a new bill, called the TRACED Act, to make it harder for robocalls to evade penalties and to prevent scammers from continuing to use technology to avoid being caught. The TRACED Act is part of a multi-pronged approach to combat the problem of illegal and unwanted calls, including legislation passed in 2016 and administrative actions taken by the FCC to address the problem. It requires telephone companies to use new, emerging technology, STIR/SHAKEN, to authenticate the calling number and ensure that the call isn’t from an illegal robocaller.  


1. What does the TRACED Act do?

The TRACED Act makes it illegal to call consumers without their consent and increases the penalties for robocalls.

2. Why should I care about this?

This bill will help the government by increasing the penalties for robocalls and helping them to enforce the law.

3. What is the TRACED Act?

The TRACED Act is a law signed into law by President Trump on May 11, 2018, that increases the penalties for phone calls made using robocalls.

4. How much money will this raise for the government?

The TRACED Act will raise $500 million in 2018 for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to use for its enforcement efforts.


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