|Received:||3/21/2004 1:10:21 PM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
In my opinion, the Can Spam Act has been a miserable failure! In fact, since it has gone into effect, the number of Spam emails I've received, has doubled each month. None of the Spam I've received has carried a recognizable sender's address, and less than five percent of the Spam is identifiable by the subject heading. None of the Spam I have received carries a valid (or even invalid) physical postal return address of any kind. Clicking on an opt-out link in the email body of the Spam, has only resulted an the increase in the number of Spam emails which I receive. I think that the clicking of thos links only serves to verify to the Spammer that they've found a "live one." Another thing which must be changed, is the need for an individual, to opt-out of commercial email by having to notify each entity who is sending Spam. That is an unreasonable burden to place on the public. On the other hand, the National Do Not Call Registry has been a total success. Since the law went into effect, the telemarketing calls I receive, have stopped completely! Like the National Do Not Call Registry, there should be a National Do Not Email Registry. The public should be able to sign up one time, at one central location, to be placed on such a registry. As the success of the National Do Not Call Registry has shown, it's such a simple way to accomplish the desired results. Spam is choking the Internet. From the data available in public records, it is estimated that 60% of email traffic is generated by Spam. It costs Spammers esentially nothing to send out millions of emails, but it costs Internet Service Providers millions of dollars in wasted bandwidth. In addition, it places an unbearable burden on the servers of American Businesses, as well as the loss of valuable time by their employees who have to sift through the Spam in their mailboxes in order to get to their business-related email. And finally, it takes the enjoyment away from individual home based users like me, who have their email in-boxes swamped with unwanted Spam every day. Please do the United States of America a favor. Can the Can Spam Act and initiate a National Do Not Email Registry. I have retained over 100 Spam emails in the event that you would like me to submit them so the TTC can evaluate them against their compliance to the Can Spam Act. Thank you.