Carriers in the US or Canada may conduct audits to assess the compliance of short code campaigns. They may raise audits for cases that deviate from registered use cases or involve noncompliant traffic, such as prohibited use cases or messages sent to users who have not opted in to receiving SMS messages. Carriers also prohibit using the same short code for multiple brands, which is treated as a shared short code.
While Plivo endeavors to maintain compliance, audits are beyond our control, and carriers and mobile network operators in the United States and Canada retain the right to suspend short codes and disallow any use cases found noncompliant.
Factors leading to audits
Carriers perform random reviews of traffic through organizations’ short codes and may perform a full-scale audit if they encounter
- Deviations from registered use cases
- Non-functional opt-out mechanisms
- Unresponsive mandatory keywords
Mitigating noncompliance risks
If your short code is found to be noncompliant during an audit, Plivo’s team will work with you to address and remedy the situation. Typically, carriers give you 48 to 72 hours to resolve compliance issues. Failure to address the issues within the specified timeframe puts your short code at risk of suspension.