Date: 5/6/98 10:57pm
Subject: Internet advertising
The FTC's plans to police Internet advertising should include restrictions on unsolicited commercial email, or "spam". While I think spam email should be outlawed because it constitutes tresspassing and theft of computer services (junk faxes are already outlawed for similar reasons), I realize it may not be within the FTC's power to ban spam outright.
As a next-best alternative, I would like to see a requirement that all commercial solicitations on the Internet disclose the identity of the seller, including at the very least a true name of a person or company (not an alias), and a real-world address.
Dr. David S. Touretzky