The Catholic University of America

Summary of Federal Law

Miscellaneous Laws

The Telemarketing and Consumer Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act

15 U.S.C. § 6101 et. seq., 16 CFR Part 310

Congress enacted this legislation to offer consumers necessary protection from telemarketing deception and abuse. The law directs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to prescribe rules prohibiting deceptive telemarketing acts or practices.

While not-for-profit organizations are generally not covered by this law, universities that contract with third party firms to conduct phone solicitations must follow some of the provisions of the Telemarketing Sales Rule. Third party firms calling on behalf of charitable organizations must honor individual requests to not receive future calls, and must have a written process in place (including training of personnel) to ensure compliance.



updated 8-24-18