|Received:||3/18/2004 1:38:56 PM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
First of all, all unsolicited e-mail messages that have as their sole purpose the marketing of products and services should be outlawed period. This spamming by e-mail is no different than spamming over a fax machine. Its costly, time consuming and annoying. Spammers seem to fall into two product categories: drugs and pornography. The majority come from outside of the continental United States, and seldom comply with requirements under this law. Many spammers register under multiple domain names and send messages under new domain names daily. I have one who sends porn solicitations from the Philipines up to six times a day, each under a new domain name. They do this to avoid spam filters. Often, I cannot receive legitimate e-mail because the spammers have exceeded the capacity of my mailbox. This is absolutely ridiculous. Spammers are not complying with requirements to identify themselves, provide opt-out options, or otherwise comply with existing law. You might consider giving recipients of this crap the power to sue in federal court for damages, and add provisions into International Law so these people can be prosecuted whether they are doing this in Latvia or New Zealand. Encouraging the development of technology to thwart this type of outrageous invasion would probably have greater impact than to keep passing laws that these people will just ignore. Thanks for your time.