16 CFR Part 316; CAN-SPAM Rule: Rule Review; Request for Public Comments; Project No. R711010 #00027

Submission Number:
00027
Commenter:
Peter Wroblewski
Organization:
State:
Michigan
Initiative Name:
16 CFR Part 316; CAN-SPAM Rule: Rule Review; Request for Public Comments; Project No. R711010
The US Constitution says "We the People of the United StatesÂ…", not We the Corporation, We the Advertiser, We the Marketer, etc. However, the US Government caters to all of these latter groups first. Why? All I can think of is for money, greed, and tax revenue. It's time the US Government starts putting "We the People" first again (stop listening to the lobbies and listen to the people), just like Canada, the UK, and the EU puts the people first with requiring express permission first. I get 150 unsolicited mailing lists emails a day at work and 250 unsolicited mailing lists emails a day at home. These numbers do not include spam, these are just emails from mailing lists. If I unsubscribe to one, I get automatically signed up for 2 or 3 three more. So I have stopped unsubscribing and the increase has been a lot slower. It's time the laws/rules get back to "Opt-In" (requiring prior permission) instead of "Opt-Out". I am tired of hearing; "It will stymie growth of new services", "I can't compete if can't have this advertisement stream", "It no different than bulk mail", and the list goes on and on. It has been proven in Canada, the UK, and the EU that these excuses do not stymie growth and sales. So why are you catering to these corporations, advertisers, and marketers. All this Opt-out policy does is waste my time and money. The placement of someone's professional or personal email is not a commodity to be placed on a mailing list to be bought and sold. It's time the US government stops allowing these corporations, advertisers, and marketers to buy and sell personal information. Personal privacy should come first; not corporate, advertiser, and marketer revenue streams and bottom lines. Please return back to "Opt-In", I can no longer afford it. I don't have the time and deep pockets like corporations, advertisers, and marketers do.