WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission amended its "junk fax" rules to codify the exemption of those with established business relationships effective Aug. 1.

The amended rule codifies the exemption of the established business relationship as well as defining it. It also requires contact information on faxes in order for recipients to opt-out of future transmissions and specifies when an opt-out request complies with the Junk Fax Prevention Act. Credit unions and their trade associations had been active in this rulemaking.

The FCC had been waiting on approval from the Office of Management and Budget, which came July 19, prior to the rule becoming effective.

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