The number of spam texts has increased more than tenfold a year and a half after a federal law aimed at fighting robocalls took effect, according to a new report.
In a release, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) — a state-based, citizen-funded advocacy group — said the number of phone companies that have adopted the required technology has quadrupled and the volume of scam robocalls has dropped by half.
In a report by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, analyzing the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) robocall mitigation database, the group found that more than 3,000 companies have not installed industry-standard STIR/SHAKEN technology, but claim to be using their own robocall mitigation system.
That compares with 1,710 companies last year and reflects companies that didn't report their status in 2021.
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STIR/SHAKEN are acronyms for the Secure Telephone Identity Revisited (STIR) and Signature-based Handling of Asserted Information Using toKENs (SHAKEN) standards.