|Received:||12/16/2004 4:26:57 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I am adamantly opposed to any changes that would weaken the intent or effect of the Do Not Call Registry, including those contained in the "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales". Redefining the safe harbor timelines would be an action that specifically ignores the intent and progress made by the FTC in the areas of personal privacy and rights from harassment by telemarketers. Removal of the 3% cap would, in effect, open the floodgates to unlimited telemarketing intrusions. In addition, allowing electronic methods (ie: pre-recorded message machines, automatic dialers, etc) would also seriously degrade the effects of the current Do Not Call registry legislation. If any changes are to be made, I would respectfully suggest that the law needs to be tightened to remove the safe harbor allowances for "casual" business relationships (ie: inquiries without actual sales transactions), and a drastic shortening of the safe harbor timeline for actual purchase transactions. I would further implement an enforceable method for consumers to opt-out of telemarketing calls altogether, INCLUDING companies with past business transaction history. Please enter my objections to this proposed action into the public record for this matter. Thank you for your time and consideration of this comment.