CRTC in hot water over failed Do-Not-Call List

Have you noticed that you’re receiving more call from US-based telemarketers since adding your number to Canada’s do-not-call registry?

Well it turns out Canada’s highly touted do-not-call list is having the opposite effect, leading to more telemarketer calls, says the Bruce Cran of the Consumers’ Association of Canada.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) launched the registry in September to great fanfare, promising that those who registered would see a drop in unwanted calls soliciting goods and service. Millions of Canadians registered their names, home phone numbers and in some cases their cellphone numbers.

So what’s the problem? Penalties for misuse of the registry run as high as $15,000 for a corporation or $1,500 for an individual… but it’s difficult to fine fraudsters who are based overseas or those in Canada running fly-by-night businesses.

According to Cran, the CRTC sells the registry list online – “In Toronto, you can get 600,000 names for $50.”

Hat tip to Dan Klassen for the lead.