|Received:||3/20/2004 7:56:49 PM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
It won't do any good to have a do not spam registry. Legitimate emailers will not spam people, but the fraudulent spammers will simply harvest those email addesses & spam them anyway. The current CAN-SPAM act does not do enough to curb spammers. Spammers forge their email addresses, so reporting them and following up on violators is almost impossible. People should not have to Opt out of receiving spam. When you Opt Out that tells the spammers that your email address is valid & they not only spam you more, they sell your email address to other spammers so that you receive even more spam. A person should not receive commercial email unless they have requested it, period. All ISPs should be required by law to run software that identifies email with forged email addresses & automatically deletes those emails. That way, when a person receives Spam they can report the violator for prosecution. The United States also needs to prosecute off-shore violators & violators in other countries. Otherwise, many spammers will simply use an offshore or other country's email addresses to avoid prosecution. There should also be a reward system for reporting spammers. Spammers should also be prosecuted for sending viruses & trojan horses in their emails. Subject line labeling should require that spam is labelled "Adult", "Unsolicited email", depending on whether the subject is about sexual topics or is just trying to sell you something. That way, people can set their anti spam software to filter it out & delete it. If the spammers don't put "adult" or "Unsolicited email" in their subjects they should be prosecuted.