|Received:||3/31/2004 7:15:46 AM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
The bulk of the e-mail I am currently getting does not contain valid "opt out" URLs. In fact, opting-out generally produces a flood of spam from other companies. In addition, most of this stuff is coming from countries outside of the U.S., and uses "bogus" e-mail addresses in the "from" line. How can the law be enforced enforced for spam generated outside of the U.S.? Most worrisome for me, is the practice of email harvesting, then using my (and my clients') business e-mail address in the "from" line of spam (and virus laden) e-mail. My clients do not use e-mail to advertise, yet everyday we get at least 30 "returned e-mails" that were sent to non-existent e-mail addresses, using our legitimate addresses. How many more were sent out using our business name, without our knowledge? The law needs to include a measure to severely punish those who harvest and/or sell email lists, including those who make the software to do so. Right now, the biggest problem is virus laden e-mail that would appear to be spam. While this might be considered to be out of the commission's scope, I (and the rest of America) don't agree. The best way to stop most of this junk, and the resulting cost to companies having to deal with system security, is to require ISPs to block all email that contains attachments with: .exe, .jsp, .pif, .and .dat files. (I'm a programmer, and there is no good reason that anyone would ever legitimately send these files via e-mail). Thank you for your consideration.