|Received:||4/14/2004 4:48:54 PM|
|Organization:||Andrews Natural Products|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
Re: CAN-SPAM Act Rulemaking, Project No. R411008 To the Commissioners, You are certainly making us happy in your efforts to get rid of unsolicited bulk e-mail- e.g. SPAM. However, it has come to my attention that some of the rules you want to apply will create more problems than the ones you are omitting. I refer to the proposed re- quirement for suppression lists maintained by merchants. It seems to me that you are not helping us with this part of the legislation - you are hurting us. I would request that this idea be considered more in detail as to the real end results. There are many people in business on the net who need to be able to work freely with other people. We can't do this if our hands are tied behind our backs. I don't think CAN-SPAM was supposed to have this effect - at least I hope not. If it is, I'm very disappointed in you as my government representatives. Requirement of the use of suppression lists will seriously damage many of the legitimate publications available on the net. My specific concern is for harm to publishers who require permission from the consumer prior to adding them to any list. I regularly sign-up for a program to see if it is something I want. If I like it, I do nothing more. If I don't like it, I request to be removed. This doesn't mean I want to get cut off from everything else I belong to. From all I'm reading, you may be helping spammers and hurting consumers. That doesn't speak well for our already hurting economy or our desire to make an honest living on-line. May I urge you in the strongest possible terms to carefully restudy this project and its implementation in relation to these problems. Respectfully, Patricia Andrews, Ph.D. Naples, Idaho, USA Additional Note: on 'rewarding those who supply information' under F above. This leads to too many errors in people trying to get a 'reward' whether it is actually based on facts or not. If people want to 'report', let them do so, but don't reward this Reminds me of Hitler's Germany, and there was nothing nice about that.