ALBANY, N.Y. – New York residents will have more protection against unsolicited text messages under new legislation signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday.
Telemarketing phone calls, also known as robocalls, have been subject to certain regulations through state law, but texts messages were previously excluded as a type of telemarketing. This new legislation adds electronic messages as a form of telemarketing communication, and makes them subject to the same rules.
"Our consumer protections need to keep pace with technology and New Yorkers who have long been plagued by the nuisance of annoying calls from telemarketers now have to contend with unwanted texts attempting to sell them things they don't want," Governor Cuomo said. "This legislation closes this annoying loophole and will help ensure our laws are modernized to confront the needs of New Yorkers."
The bill passed unanimously in the Assembly and Senate before heading to the governor’s desk for signature.