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Telephone marketing: green light from the Senate to a text from the calls abusive

Nuisance, plague, torment... the Senate voted Thursday, on second reading, a bill IDU-an Act penalizing more severely the telephone soliciting abusive, until the prohibit in the area of energy renovation, but which leaves them feeling number of elected officials.

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The secretary of State for economic Agnès Pannier-Runacher has estimated that the outcome of the national Assembly had "reached a good balance," recommending that "in view of a rapid adoption, not to increase the devices'".

The debate will be conducted in not charging in the context of a niche-centric, focused on a provision that was introduced in second reading in the Assembly, but was suppressed by the senators in the committee: the prohibition of cold-calling in the sector of energy renovation, where unscrupulous businesses are taking advantage of public subsidies for abusing households. The rapporteur LR Dany Wattebled, found that the ban "raised a risk of unconstitutionality" and could be detrimental "to the professionals" good faith". Against all odds, the Senate has, however, been restored, through an amendment of the leader of the senators centrist Hervé Marseille. This prohibition "could be extremely detrimental to businesses in this sector who do not commit abuse", has warned Laure Darcos (LR), while the ecologist Ronan Dantec called "an absolute urgency to regulate appeals related to the energy renovation".

An id-call required

Against the advice of the commission and of the government, the Senate also adopted an amendment from Jean-Pierre Sueur (PS), which aimed to create a username statutory appeal, in the form of a prefix that identify the call as a telephone marketing or commercial prospecting. The mp, however, regretted that the text did not make "the step forward", by imposing as a prerequisite to any cold-calling an "explicit consent" of the consumer. "11 European countries have adopted", he said.

"Is-that it responded to the problem ? Not," said Michelle Gréaume (CRCE-majority communist) that it "allows the margin to improve the protection of consumers, in particular against scams with premium rate numbers". The text must now go to the national Assembly.

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