Mobile app Truecaller announced Tuesday it has harnessed the FCC’s spam database to help users block unwanted calls and texts from telemarketers.
Thanks to its recent integration with the FCC’s robocall and telemarketing database, the app has amassed the capability to block more than 200 million spam numbers.
“The FCC’s public complaint data gives us yet another way to empower consumers, and the results have been dramatic,” said Truecaller vice president of Growth and Partnerships Tom Hsieh. “Now anyone can stay protected with the most up to date information on telemarketers and robocallers, and make more educated decisions on what calls to take and which ones to avoid altogether.”
The integration follows the FCC’s October announcement stating it would begin releasing consumer complaint data from robocalls and telemarketing ploys on a weekly basis to help developers build better spam safeguards.
According to figures provided by Truecaller, the app receives more than 1.5 million new spam reports and detects around 8 million instances of spam each month.
The Truecaller app is available on iOS, Android, Windows, Nokia and Tizen phones.