Consumer protection websites are down due to the government shutdown

As the government shutdown stretches into the record for longest shutdown ever, key websites run by the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission are still down, leaving consumers more vulnerable.

On December 28th, the FTC announced that, while ftc.gov continues to operate, several sites will remain unavailable throughout the shutdown. Among those is donotcall.gov, the website for the agency’s National Do Not Call Registry. “Due to the government shutdown, we are unable to offer this website service at this time,” a message on the site reads.

FTC says it “will resume normal operations when the government is funded”

Consumers with numbers they’d like to register can’t sign up, while telemarketers, who are supposed…

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