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FTC RIN: 3084-AB19 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Telemarketing Sales Rule 

On August 11, 2014, the Commission initiated periodic review of the Telemarketing Sales Rule and solicited public comments. 79 FR 46732 (Aug. 11, 2014). The comment period as extended closed on November 13, 2014. 79 FR 61267 (Oct. 10, 2014). On December 15, 2015, the Commission amended the Telemarketing Sales Rule to prohibit the use of certain payment methods in all telemarketing transactions, expand the scope of the advance fee ban for recovery services, and clarify certain provisions of the rule. Those amendments became effective February 12, 2016, and June 13, 2016.

On June 3, 2022, the Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking public comment on proposed amendments to the Rule. 87 FR 33677 (June 3, 2022). The proposed amendments would require telemarketers and sellers to maintain additional records of their telemarketing transactions, prohibit material misrepresentations and false or misleading statements in business to business (B2B) telemarketing transactions, and add a new definition for the term "previous donor.” The comment period closed on August 2, 2022, and the Commission has received 25 comments to date.

On June 3, 2022, the Commission issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) seeking public comment on whether the Rule should continue to exempt telemarketing calls to businesses, whether the Rule should require a notice and cancellation mechanism with negative option sales, and whether to extend the Rule to apply to telemarketing calls that consumers initiate to a telemarketer (i.e. inbound telemarketing calls) regarding computer technical support services. 87 FR 33662 (June 3, 2022). The comment period closed on August 2, 2022. Staff is reviewing the public comments.

Agency: Federal Trade Commission(FTC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 16 CFR 310   
Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 6101 to 6108    15 U.S.C. 41 to 58   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/19/2009  74 FR 41988   
NPRM Comment Period Extended  10/15/2009  74 FR 52914   
Final Rule  08/10/2010  75 FR 48458   
Technical Correction to Final Rule  08/24/2010  75 FR 51934   
ANPRM (Caller ID)  12/15/2010  75 FR 78179   
NPRM (Anti-Fraud)  07/09/2013  78 FR 41200   
Closure of Proceeding (Caller ID)  12/20/2013  78 FR 77024   
Rule Review, Request for Public Comment  08/14/2014  79 FR 46732   
Rule Review Comment Period Extended  10/10/2014  79 FR 61267   
Final Rule (Anti-Fraud)  12/14/2015  80 FR 77520   
Final Rule (Anti-Fraud) Effective  02/12/2016 
Final Rule (Anti-Fraud-Use of Certain Payment Methods) Effective  06/13/2016 
ANPRM  06/03/2022  87 FR 33662   
NPRM  06/03/2022  87 FR 33677   
ANPRM Comment Period End  08/02/2022 
NPRM Comment Period End  08/02/2022 
Staff Review of Public Comments  12/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
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RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Patricia Hsue
Staff Attorney
Federal Trade Commission
Division of Marketing Practices, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20580
Phone:202 326-3132