|Received:||3/12/2004 10:33:27 AM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
I run Consumerworld.org, a public service, non-commercial website, with an opt-in email newsletter. As the only "employee" of Consumer World, I work out of a home office. To comply with CAN SPAM, I had to rent a post office box (at not insignificant cost for an educational website), so I could include that address in each email newsletter. Concerned about my own security and privacy, I was unwilling to reveal to thousands of strangers on my email list what my home address is. I do not want to become a sitting target for any individual (stable or unstable) who decides it is appropriate to come knocking at my front door uninvited, or to call me on the telephone, because of something they read on my website. Consumer advocates always counsel Internet users not to post personal identifying information, such as address or telephone number online, because of the inherent security risks. Without the option of utiliting a post office box, individuals such as myself, are needlessly put at risk. I urge the commission to explicitly allow post office boxes to be continued to be considered as a "valid physical postal address" for CAN SPAM purposes.