|Received:||3/15/2004 12:00:00 AM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
Since CAN-SPAM went into effect, I am now getting more spam than ever. Almost none of it is CAN-SPAM compliant, with misleading subject lines, spoofed (false) return addresses, and no means to request removal (which is worthless anyway since all it does is confirm that the email address is valid). I have traced the IP address of much of the spam to China, Korea, or eastern Europe. Almost all of the spam is addressed to multiple Comcast (my ISP) customers and only Comcast customers, and having corresponded with other recipients of this spam, it appears we all started receiving this spam only on email addresses we signed up for on Comcast's website shortly after the conversion from @home to Comcast's own network. Numerous complaints to Comcast get ignored or result in their trying to shift the blame back to me which I know is not possible (e.g. I have no ad-ware on my computer, no viruses, have never posted my email addresses anywhere on the internet, have no vulnerable ports, etc.). CAN-SPAM has done nothing to slow this down, and spam continues to increase. On the issue of a do-not-spam registry, the idea is ludicrous. That registry would be a gold mine for spammers since all email addresses would be valid. I predict that will greatly increase the flood of spam to anyone foolish enough to add their email address to such a registry. If CAN-SPAM has not slowed the deluge of SPAM, and you cannot enforce it against spammers who are overseas (or at least routing their spam through unprotected servers in other countries), what makes you think you can prevent spammers from targeting people on a do-not-spam registry?