Anti-spam messages bill filed by Tarlac congressman

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Tarlac Congressman Christian Tell Yap said that the rise of unsolicited spam messages for the past two years caught his attention, that's why he filed the bill. (Photo: Getty Creatives)
Tarlac Congressman Christian Tell Yap said that the rise of unsolicited spam messages for the past two years caught his attention, that's why he filed the bill. (Photo: Getty Creatives)

Tarlac 2nd District Representative Christian Tell Yap has filed a bill in Congress to eliminate annoying spam messages.

House Bill (HB) No. 270, or the “No Call, No Text, and No E-mail Registration System Act,” aims to mandate getting users’ consent first before sending the spam messages, which according to Yap will entail a creation of a database called “No Call, No Text, and No E-mail Registers” where users can register their numbers to be exempt from receiving spam messages.

According to him, the bill “is a protective measure on all mobile phone subscribers and e-mail users from unwanted calls, text messages, and e-mails,” he said in the bill’s explanatory note.

The bill will also prohibit and penalize “unsolicited commercial or promotional advertisements without the prior consent of the receiver, promoting fair, responsible and less intrusive marketing practices,” Yap said.

Yap noted the sudden rise of suspicious texts, calls, and emails from unknown individuals for the past two years, which are aimed to exploit and prey on unwitting users.

“Often, these spam messages are utilized by scammers to defraud mobile subscribers or e-mail users by offering jobs, prizes or discounts. According to a recent Global Consumer Pulse study, 44 percent of Philippine-based consumers have been targeted by digital fraud in the first three months of 2021 alone,” Yap added.

The creation of the list where users can opt out of receiving unwarranted messages, calls and emails will be spearheaded by the National Privacy Commission (NPC).

“Provided that the registration of a mobile number of a subscriber or email address of a user below 18 years old of age may be done by his parent or legal guardian. Such registration shall be valid for a period of one year, subject to renewal,” read the bill’s Section 6, which allows users to manage and limit the call, text, and email messages that they may receive by registering their respective phone numbers and e-mail addresses to the No Call, No Text, and No E-mail Registers and upon payment of a fee determined by the privacy commission.

“The measure aims to promote the adoption of more responsible and accountable business practices from marketing and sales agents,” Yap said.

Marvin Joseph Ang is a news and creative writer who follows developments on politics, democracy, and popular culture. He advocates for a free press and national democracy. Follow him on Twitter at @marvs30ang for latest news and updates.

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