|Received:||3/29/2004 11:08:35 AM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
Setting up a do not email list would be a tremendous hardship to small businesses that have built opt-in lists of several thousand email addresses. These people have gained permission to email their clients and prospects, and a Do Not Email list could negate that permission in some cases. The government can currently prosecute "spammers" and should work to do just that under the current law before passing any new additions that would add to the confusion of small businesses and degrade their relationships with their customers (if you asked to receive email from Company X and those emails suddenly stopped coming [with no comment from Company X] because Company X was afraid of new legislation, wouldn't you think less of them?). Any additional legislation at this point will add only unnecessary expense--first, let's locate and prosecute spammers under the current law.