|Received:||7/13/2006 8:32:03 PM|
|Organization:||Clarion Jayde Publishing|
|Subject:||Business Opportunity Rule|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 437|
Comments:I am writing to request that the FTC reconsider some of its proposed guidelines for network marketing businesses. I respect the FTC's desire to close down scammers. However, there are some regulations that seem to go too far. In specific, I am disturbed by two components of what I've read. The first is the requirement to provide a prospective business partner with a list of legal actions brought against the company without distinguishing between legal actions where the company was found guilty and ones where the company was found to be innocent of charges. I agree that companies should be required to disclose lawsuits and legal charges where the court has found them guilty. If a company has been found innocent, I think it is unfair for them to be required to list that action as part of their sign-up literature unless their innocence is made clear. The second concern I have is the required release of personal information to people for whom I am not directly responsible for sign-up. Requiring that my address, phone number, and other details be provided to people I don't know and who are not part of my direct upline or downline seems irresponsible to me. I have no problem with giving my contact details to those people who are in my direct upline and downline. The current terms being proposed share personal details with people that I have no connection with and are required without providing any safety checks and can open people to the risk of identity fraud. I know the current regulations are designed to protect people. Please reconsider how they are implemented because some of these measures are unfair to legitimate network marketers.