<strong>LOGAN–</strong> Utah parents concerned about keeping adult marketing content from their children’s email addresses and cell phones can now do something about it.
Evelyn Call is spokesperson for the Utah Child Protection Registry.
“Parents, grandparents and caregivers, anyone who has any daily interaction with children and doesn’t want them to have that kind of contact, can go into our website at www.donotcontact.utah.gov.
“It is a couple of pages that have to be completed. You list the cell phone numbers and email addresses you would like to protect. Then it is a couple of clicks and you are done.”
The Utah Child Protection Registry is a free program provided by the State of Utah that helps stop adult-oriented solicitations from being targeted at the family. The program allows you to protect:
<ul> <li>E-Mail Addresses</li> <li>Mobile Phone Numbers</li> <li>Instant Messenger IDs</li> <li>Fax Numbers</li> </ul>
Companies and marketers that send adult-oriented messages, such as those promoting pornography, alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, and gambling are required to screen their mailing lists with the State of Utah and remove registered addresses and numbers before they send their solicitations. Marketers that fail to remove registered addresses face felony charges as well as substantial civil and criminal fines.
“Marketers have to come in and are required to scrub their lists against ours and they understand those are the codes they are not supposed to send to. If you do continue to get those kinds of messages then you can go back on to our website and file a complaint.
“Once you file a complaint the marketers will be told they are not complying with the law in Utah and they will be given a warning.”