|From: "Annette M. Heagy"
Date: Wed, Feb 23, 2000 1:08 PM
Subject: "Telemarketing Review - Comment. FTC File No. P994414
As you know, the privacy of Americans is being destroyed by companies using personal data unfairly. The FTC's policy of supporting industry self-regulation has failed badly and should be ended. Please recommend to Congress legislation that would require companies to handle personal information fairly, along the lines of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, but for all Americans. The FTC's recommendation to Congress against passing privacy laws for adults is damaging privacy and undermining confidence in electronic commerce.
My home is invaded on an ever growing rate by telemarketers. Although the law tells me I can demand my name and telephone numbers be removed from "lists" my repeated requests are ignored. I have asked, without being obvious why, for the information (name of caller, name of company, phone number, etc.) that I would need to take legal steps and have been laughed at.
The law says I need that information. Would you like to tell me how I'm supposed to get it? As soon as I start asking the questions.... they hang up. I have received as high as 8 telemarketing calls a day. I want to tell you.... I'm more than a little upset.
I pay for the privilege of having telephone service. I pay for the privilege of an Internet Server. Why should I have to put up with unwanted calls and e-mail, from people I do not know, trying to sell me something I do not want?
Please, it's time to do something about this ever growing problem.
P.S. I assume I do not have to worry about the FTC selling my e-mail, and snail mail address to anybody.... or do I?