16 CFR Part 310: Telemarketing Sales Rule Federal Register Notice: Rule Review Request for Public Comments as Part of the FTC’s Systematic Regulatory Review #00046

Submission Number:
00046
Commenter:
Joel Rusch
State:
California
Initiative Name:
16 CFR Part 310: Telemarketing Sales Rule Federal Register Notice: Rule Review Request for Public Comments as Part of the FTC’s Systematic Regulatory Review
Matter Number:

R411001

Dear FTC, The Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) has battled telemarket ing fraud and deception for nearly two decades. However, I believe they need to be strengthened to protect consumers from fraudulent and predatory business practices. I also believe these practices need to extend beyond telemarketing to include direct mail marketing as well. As a result of having pre-acquired customer information, some businesses offer "mail-in" services, requiring minimal information, such as a signature, to initiate a business transaction. Specifically, I ask that you: 1) Strengthen Do Not Call Registry enforcement by requiring telemarketers to provide recordings of their calls. 2) Ban third-party use of my personal account information (pre-acquired account info) unless I give consent. 3) Enforce strong consumer protections--whether I get a sales call or respond to an ad and call a telemarketer. 4) Expand the Telemarketing Sales Rules so that the same rules and requirements apply also to direct mail offers. Please stand up for consumers, and strengthen the nation's telemarketing and direct marketing regulations! Sincerely, Mr. Joel Rusch