|Received:||4/14/2004 8:53:14 AM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
In regard to E.2 the forwarding of commercial messages should be considered spam only if they are fowarded by someone with no prior relationship. I don't mind getting something forwarded to me by a company or person I know. This whole section should only apply to people with no prior contact or relationship. It should not apply to a person fowarding a message to family, friends or people with which they have had regualr prior contact with. The whole spam problem is not from legitimate marketers but by the people or companies that illegally harvest email addresses and then bombard you with emails. I have to say that the CAN SPAM act has not effected these unscrupulous people one bit. I still get just as much unwanted email as I did before.We need more technology to record the actual IP address of the originating computer to track where all the real SPAM is coming from and take action against them. I feel most of the regulations so far have done nothing to remedy the real problem. The only thing it has done is make it more difficult for legitimate advertisers to send me emails I actually want to get. Legitimate marketers are the only ones complying with it and the real spammers are still doing what they do unabated. In regards to section F above, A national do not email registry is a good idea only if everyone has free access to it at all times. As far as rewarding those who report violators, that is an extremely bad idea. I can see people going into business trying to make a living off of reporting everyone they can even to the extent of soliciting email and then reporting it. Trying to sort it all out would be a monumental task and costs would be outragious. As far as the CAN SPAM act being effective, I don't think it has helped one little bit. Not at all. The real spammers are still out there. Additional comments regarding CAN SPAM Act Rulemaking, Project No. R411008: Here again I don't think this will help at all. It sounds way too complicated to make work effectively. I have found that the more complicated something becomes in this respect, it will eventually become unworkable. I strongly feel that legitimate marketers are being made to jump through hoops to comply and the real problem is not being affected. You need to search for other ways to stop the REAL spammers.