|Received:||3/20/2004 11:57:30 PM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
My biggest complaint about the act (other than the fact that it hasn't reduced the amount of spam that I receive) is that a "valid physical postal address" is ambiguous and unfair to small home-based Internet businesses who have legitimate newsletters. Like most home-based Internet businesses, I use a PO Box as my business address. A small part of my business is my opt-in newsletter. Since the CAN-SPAM law applies to ALL commercial email (even solicited), I must use a "valid physical postal address" in my newsletters. I don't mind using my PO Box for that purpose, but as the law is currently written I don't feel that is acceptable. As a result, I haven't sent my newsletters (which used to go out daily) for almost three months now. I'm sent letters to my representatives and the bill sponsor, but have not received any clarification back. This law has had very little impact on the spammers--just on legitimate businesses.