|Received:||7/15/2006 9:43:08 PM|
|Organization:||Center for Unhindered Living|
|Subject:||Business Opportunity Rule|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 437|
Comments:As a network marketer, as I understand this proposed rule, I would be required to provide prospective members with a list of the 10 closest current or past distributors with personal information so my prospective members can contact these references. For me to give out the personal information of members of my downline would be a violation of their privacy, and in the current climate, I cannot take the responsibility for disclosing someone else's information. If a person chooses of their own free will to display their contact information so someone on the internet can contact them, they are choosing to take that risk. I cannot and should not be required to disclose information that might put a person or their business at personal risk. Disclosing someone else's personal information is a violation of the Privacy Act of 1974. "No agency shall disclose any record which is contained in a system of records by any means of communication to any person, or to another agency, except pursuant to a written request by, or with the prior written consent of, the individual to whom the record pertains [subject to 12 exceptions]." 5 U.S.C. § 552a(b). In otherwords, I cannot be required to give out personal information of my downline unless they have previously agreed in writing to this transmission of information.