|Received:||3/11/2004 1:29:22 PM|
|Organization:||Rapport Online Inc.|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
Re: D1 E-mail lists should not be able to be sold, but should only be rented. What I mean is that the original entity that obtained an e-mail address needs to keep control of the use of the address, otherwise they are in violation of any privacy statement promises regarding the use of the e-mail address. This would still allow the e-mail address owner to send commercial messages for others, it would not allow the e-mail address owner to turn over e-mail addresses to others. This regulation will make it easier to enforce regulation against e-mail harvesting and directory hacking because the sender of the e-mail cannot claim to have bought a list in good faith. E1 If e-mail lists are not allowed to be sold, then only the sender of the commercial e-mail needs to be held responsible for honoring requests to opt-out. As things stand you can opt-out of e-mailing from firm X who sells your e-mail on a list to firm Y who spams you. Then you must opt-out of firm Y's e-mail list, which has been sold to ten other spammers in the meantime. This is a freight-train sized hole it this so-called anti-spam law. F1 I guarrantee that the "do not e-mail registry" will become one of the most widely spammed group of e-mails ever. E-mail does not bear the cost of telemarketing to the sender. There are too many off-shore and totally unscrupulous actors in this arena. The registry is a very naive idea.