|Received:||12/16/2004 11:08:13 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I am strongly opposed to the amendment to the Telemarketing Sales Rule that would permit any type of safe harbor alllowing prerecorded messages to be left on telephones that have been registered on the Do Not Call List. Many answering devices contain a limited amount of message space and such prerecorded messages would fill space that would otherwise be available for messages that an individual wishes to receive. These types of messages are simply another type of unwanted spam that invade the privacy of an individual and cause inconvenience. Further, such messages could be used by telemarketers to trick unsuspecting individuals to call the telemarketer back based on false or misleading promises of claiming prizes or some other so-called free offer that would then allow the telemarketer to claim that they have a previously existing relationship that would allow them to make future calls. The Telemarketing Sales Rule needs to be strengthened, not weakened.