|Received:||3/23/2004 1:23:18 PM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
I hate it when I visit a website and then all of a sudden I have to "unsubscribe" to mass e-mails (usually pornographic in nature). What sites I visit should not be available to the "owner" of the site. Only if I am given the CLEAR choice to subscribe to updates/e-mails in the form of a question with a YES and NO choice and one must be selected, should they be able to e-mail me things in the future. If I provide them with an e-mail address, then it becomes my responsibility. I should also have the choice to reject the e-mail and have it immediately returned to their mailbox so they can get "flooded" with junk. I also believe that a DO NOT E-MAIL list is a great start. If they can provide the documentation that shows I clearly checked the YES box, shame on me - if not, shame on them. Also, things forwarded from friends and acquaintances are ok - but a friend or acquaintance must be able to somehow identify me, not be someone who got my name, etc. from a company I do business with. These are not friends or acquaintances.