|Received:||3/14/2004 3:57:41 PM|
|Commenter:||Robert Hoover, Jr.|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
I have found that spam has increased since this law went into effect. I think that any unsolicited e-mail advertising or selling a product should start with the word SPAM, or some other easily reconizable code, in the Subject Line. If it is pornoraphic and/or sexual content, this should also be identified on the Subject Line. The subject line should be very explicit as to what the email is about!! I think it may be hard to effectively enforce the CAN-SPAM Act, since some of it also comes from foriegn countries or form 'altered' ISP addresses. It should also be illegal to alter (spoof) an email address. Can we stop international email that does not meet our criteria or make them conform to our regulations? The choice for email should default to 'no' requiring a person to 'opt in' and then require a confirmation email sent and replied to, before email is sent to a person. A limit should be established (i.e. 3-6 months) that a company can continue sending unsolicited email to a previous customer AFTER the latest order has been placed. Some places I'll never deal with again and don't want to hear from them forever! A 'do not e-mail' list, like the 'no call' lists is a great idea, as long as there is an easy way to send offending emails to a goverment authority that can fine and stop spammers. In fact, this would even be a good thing for all the anti-spam regulations.