Limiting DNC to Residential or Family Numbers

Commentary

A bill has been introduced in the Missouri Senate (SB 594) which would specify that the “do-not-call” list applies only to numbers used primarily for personal or family use.  The law currently applies to residential telephone service numbers, which can sometimes be used for business purposes.

Comment: This is a good change in Missouri’s law.  The Supreme Court of Colorado recently upheld application of its “do-not-call” list to a residential line used for business purposes, and such ruling calls the constitutionality of the entire “do-not-call” list scheme into question as businesses do not enjoy the same privacy rights as individuals.  Limiting the Missouri list to numbers used for residential or family purposes, rather than residential lines, is a wise constitutional move.

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