Apple, and a Consortium of Companies, Forming a ‘Robocall Strike Force’

Robocalls, phone calls that uses a computerized autodialer to deliver a pre-recorded message, may become a thing of the past as Apple, Google and other Silicon Valley giants join forces with the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to crack down on spammy automated phone calls, according to Reuters this morning.

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson is expected to make the announcement at the first “Robocall Strike Force” meeting at the FCC later today.

What that entails, however, remains a bit of a mystery. According to the report, the companies will be working towards “concrete plans to accelerate the development and adoption of new tools and solutions.” The goal, at least, appears to be to have something in place, some kind of solution so the companies can collectively crack down on these annoying occurrences, by October 19 of this year.

The Anti-Spoofing Act of 2015 was one step to help in this regard, and the Strike Force will be looking for further implementations and strategies to end robocalls for good. That could include simply rolling out authentication technology for secure Caller-ID. Identifying and blocking these calls right out of the gate appears to be the ultimate goal.

Apple has already created its own solutions to help fight the phone spam issue. Among other iOS 10 features, the extensible stock Phone app lets users install third-party apps which can provide information automatically if the incoming call is a possible spam, right on the Lock screen.

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