|Received:||3/11/2004 11:09:47 AM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
B1. My concern is regarding those magazines that ask you 8 times a year to renew your subscription, sometimes starting as early as 10 months from renewal. These should be considered spam. One or two messages one or two months before renewal would be OK. B3-4. If a message is mostly transactional and has a little commercial message in a signature, it is not spam. But if the commercial part of the message is "more than minimal" it should be considered spam. D1. Modifying common words used in spam subject lines to avoid spam filters. For example, "De.bt" ".Loan" "We!ght" "Los$". I believe the FTC should implement a do-not-spam list as soon as possible, and establish an email address where violations may be forwarded to for investigation. This system has been very effective against telemarketers. There should be strict rules re: subject lines, and every commercial message should be required to start with ADV: and no variation thereof so that spam filters can eliminate these messages.