Do Not Call list up to 210 million phone numbers

Almost 210 million phone numbers have been registered in the Federal Trade Commission's Do Not Call Registry, the commission said Wednesday.

The FTC issued its Do Not Call Registry data book for fiscal 2011 on Wednesday, which revealed an increase of more than 8 million phone numbers from last year. The number of complaints about unwanted telemarketing calls also increased from 1.6 million to 2.3 million in fiscal 2011.

The National Do Not Call Registry allows consumers to opt out of receiving telemarketing calls at home. The effort succeeded in reducing the number of consumer complaints about robocalls from telemarketers to a low of almost 80,000 in April, but the data show complaints have increased steadily since then, to 140,000 in September.

Some lawmakers have called for the creation of a Do Not Track list similar to the Registry that would allow consumers to opt out of being tracked online by advertisers or other tech companies. The FTC has also pressured Web browser manufacturers to create add-ons that allow consumers to avoid being tracked by using the threat of potential regulation.

The FTC notes most telemarketing robocalls have been illegal since September 2009. Consumers wishing to sign up for the Do Not Call Registry can do so here.