Sprint to pay $7.5 million for Do-Not-Call violations

Sprint will pay $7.5 million for calling and texting consumers who had signed up for the Do-Not-Call list.

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Sprint’s $7.5 million is the biggest settlement a company has ever paid for Do-Not-Call violations, according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Consumers can sign up for the federal Do-Not-Call list to keep companies from calling them with marketing materials.

According to the FCC, Sprint will pay $7.5 million to the U.S. Treasury for failing to honor Do-Not-Call requests and will implement a two-year plan to ensure compliance with Do-Not-Call requests, which will include training employees and designating a Compliance Officer.

Additionally, the company must report noncompliance incidents to FCC and file a compliance report at the agency within three months and annually for two years.

“Today’s settlement leaves no question that protecting consumer privacy is a top enforcement priority,” Travis LeBlanc, acting director of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, said in a statement.

“When a consumer tells a company to stop calling or texting with promotional pitches, that request must be honored.”