System and process for automatic storage, enforcement and override of consumer do-not-call requests

  • US 6,130,937 A
  • Filed: 05/08/1997
  • Issued: 10/10/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/08/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A control device for selectively inhibiting communication between a communication device and a destination over a network, wherein the communication device is connected to the network by a communication medium, wherein the control device is connected to the communication medium and a database for storing identifiers of destinations and indicative of destinations for which communication is to be inhibited, wherein the communication device has an input mechanism, wherein the input mechanism is operative in response to a user to generate identifiers of destinations, wherein an identifier is sent over the communication medium to the network to initiate communication with a corresponding destination and wherein the input mechanism is operative in response to a user to generate an update signal sent over the communication medium, wherein the control device comprises:

  • means for detecting presence of an identifier sent over the communication medium to initiate communication with a corresponding destination;

    means for performing a comparison of the detected identifier to identifiers stored in the database;

    means for inhibiting communication between the communication device and the destination according to a result of the comparison made with the database and otherwise permitting communication between the communication device and the destination;

    means for detecting presence of an update signal on the communication medium after permitting communication between the communication device and the destination, the update signal indicating that communication with the destination corresponding to the detected identifier should be inhibited; and

    means for modifying the database according to the detected identifier after the update signal is detected.

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