The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Lifestyles

October 22, 2012

What if you could permanently block telemarketers and debt collectors?

PrivacyStar, a new smartphone app, lets you block calls and report violations to the feds

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“After you block a phone call, we would pop a screen that says, “Would you also like to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission or the CRTC if you’re a Canadian user? he says. “You say yes, we ask if it was a telemarketer or a debt collector, you say one or the other--we ask you if you have an existing business relationship, you say yes [or] no”.

“Then from there we have a menu of things that you can add to it such as this was a pre-recorded message, this caller was harassing me, I told them not to call me again but they did repeatedly. So all the boxes you can check on the Do Not Call government website, we ask those same questions, so we really mirror what somebody can do on the website but we let you do it in about five or six seconds,” says Stalnaker.

Do Not Call

It seems the Do Not Call list hasn't been very effective as of late, as more than 200 million people in the U.S. have registered for the list, but 150 million telemarketing calls are still made each day. Also, 20 percent of those calls are Do Not Call violations, according to PrivacyStar's statistics.

Recently, Stalnaker spoke at the FTC’s Robocall Summit in Washington D.C., and says he expects PrivacyStar to be one of the federal agency's top three complaint providers when tallies are released.

He also says the phone app has a caller and text ID feature that works better and faster than caller ID features that come with the smartphone. And if you don’t recognize a call or text, the app will be able to look up who that caller was—even after the call has ended.

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