Advertising calls and text messages restricted in Costa Rica

The new law prohibits contacting individuals directly to sell items or services without their specific prior permission.

Friday, November 28, 2008


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The new telecommunications law prohibits the use of "automated calling systems for direct sales by voice, fax, email or by any other means," to contact individuals who have not given prior consent.

These restrictions came into effect on June 30 and is the first regulation in the country of the growing business practice of sending unsolicited information.

The new law also indicated that emails can only be sent when the clients address is obtained within the context of a sale.

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