|Received:||3/20/2004 11:53:14 AM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
Presently, I consider any e-mail an advertisement that comes from someone with whom I do not have an existing relationship. I prefer only e-mail from persons I know or have sent e-mail, although I would not object to mail regarding a purchase or relationship - especially business related - that I have initiated. I wish an easy way to delete the SPAM so that I never receive it again. Each morning, I have 25-35 e-mail messages and delete all but 3-5! This continues throughout the day. Most are structured in a way that prohibits me from screening them out with a firewall or spam control, due to the way the subjects are structures. Many have 'trick' subjects for 'froms'. I find that the "unsubscribe" on spam rarely works and so many messages now contain viruses and worms that I am reluctant to open most of them even to see if there is an "unsubscribe" at the bottom. If an "unsubscribe" is to be allowed, it should appear at the very beginning of the message, so I don't have to read to the bottom. I would like the anti-spam legislation to be such that I must give approval before it can be sent to me. I do not believe that I really should have to do the screening and prohibiting. I prefer only e-mail from those I know or correspond with, however, I don't want a friend to be punished for forwarding me something he or she thinks I might be interested in receiving either. The "teeth" in this law must be go strong that even those of outside the US will not want to take a chance of using it. Pornography offers should contain very hefty fines and punishment. I would be horrified, if I had young children, for them to even see the subjects of the messages I receive. Perhaps, there should be "possible spam boxes" on every computer system where anything not previously approved (that is, a sender) automatically is sent. The reader can look at those messages on occasion. They should be automatically deleted by the ISP if they remain in that inbox over 10-14 days. But, before that happens, we must have an opt-out provision, and it should include even non-profit organizations. Since the opt-out telephone list, I still get caller who tell me this "isn't a sales call", yet they have a gimmick which covers the fact that it really is. How you are going to do all this, I don't know since the Internet is like air -- free -- but I wish you the best and applaud your efforts for trying. Just make sure the law is easily modified while we all explore its workings!