|Received:||3/19/2004 10:13:23 PM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
The Act is not sufficiently punitive. I believe this Act will fail hopelessly, simply because it has no "teeth" whatsoever. Specifically; 1. The State of California has a much more effective Act, which prohibits sending SPAM. It includes strong legal penalties as well as enables the recipient to civilly sue the sender for a fixed Dollar amount. Unfortunately, the Federal act overrules the stronger State act. I urge you to consider stengthening the Federal act to more closely align with the California act. 2. The Opt-Out provisions are too burdensome to recipients. Many recipientsm such as myself, receive hundreds of SPAM messages per day. Tha Act places a heavy burden on recipients to manage the opt-out process. Sender's - especially those in off-shore locations - will simply ignore the provisions. In fact, the Act may simply encourage spammers to initiate SPAM messages from these off-shore locations out of our reach.