New Dutch telecom law to limit telemarketers

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Consumers who do not wish to talk to telemarketers can choose to have their numbers listed on a special register.

12 November 2008

THE HAGUE - The Upper House of Parliament has passed a new telecom law that will enable the compilation of a "don't-call-me" register.

It will be illegal for telemarketers to call consumers on the register for advertising or promotion purposes. The telecommunications watchdog Opta will take a firm line with companies which do not comply with the law.

The new law will also make it easier to cancel a subscription with telephone and internet companies. Under present regulations, contracts are often renewed for a year without consulting the consumer.

The new system will enable consumers to terminate a contract at a month's notice once the initial contract period has expired. Sending spam emails to companies will also be forbidden.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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