Date: Fri, Mar 3, 2000 9:13 AM
Subject: Telemarketing Review -- Comment. FTC File No. P994414
Federal Trade Commission:
I write to present my opinion on current telemarketing practice.
1) Current practice allows telemarketers to invade my privacy, and they do so at my financial expense. The laws currently allow telemarketers to utilize a service for which I solely have paid. Specifically, my telephone is a private number, a private line, and a private device which I use to communicate with those to whom I have correspondence. I pay for the installation, the maintenance, and the retention of my telephone service for private use, and while I put my telephone number is in the local directory, it is not a number for marketing nor for business other than my own.
2) In current actual *practice*, it is the obligation of the private individual to enforce laws when telemarketers are in violation of telemarketing laws and costs the individual too in time and money.
4) For the above, serious reasons, I aks you to prihibit altogether a marketer from calling a private number without prior permission to do so, gained either verbally or in writing by an individual. Merely because I exist, because my name is in a phone book or because I bought something from a company who sold (!) my number to a telemarketing company is *not* permission to contact me.
Please protect my right to privacy.
Dr. K. James Gilchrist