|Received:||3/19/2004 1:13:08 PM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
B4. I think it depends on how much of the message is transactional. For example, if I receive an order confirmation or ship confirmation and the message includes a small message on looking at a couple other products it should be labeled transactional. I think anything over a certain percentage of a message that contains advertising should be commercial. If the commercial material appears first it should be classified as commercial because by placing the information first, the sender has determined that to be the most important topic in the message. D1. Misleading titles for the email and deliberately spelling something incorrectly to trick a filter. D2. I think it depends on who is sending the message. If the company sending the message is where the person opted out, there is a violation. If it is one of the other 3 companies, then no violation has occurred. E3. I think the companies should not be allowed to send subsequent messages to the person that received the forward. The person that received the forward should determine whether they want to sign up or not. (Opt-in, not opt-out) National Do Not Email Registry & Effectiveness and Enforcement of the Act - I think a National Do Not Email list would be somewhat confusing. I receive quite a few email newsletters that I want to receive. By adding my name to the list, would I not receive them any more? I think the biggest problem with Spam lies in the illegitimate email senders, those that try to trick people in to buying things. I don't think this bill would affect those people. (As has been shown already, the messages I receive from legitimate businesses have complied, and I am still receiving hundreds of non-solicited emails from spammers that want to enhance my private parts - which is hard to do since I'm female!!!!! lol) If it does affect them, they would probably take their business off-shore and this law might not apply to them. I think we need to crack down on the illegitimate spammers that are trying to scam people rather than making it harder for legitimate businesses to send email. Email can be a very effective marketing and knowledge-enhancing tool when used properly. Rewarding those that supply info about violations. - I think there should not be a reward. This could result in false claims because this might become a way to make some "easy money." I'm sure people report spam to ISP's like AOL and Yahoo! who make it easy to report the spam. Subject Line Labeling - this would enable people to set up filters to delete all of these messages. Again, I feel this would hurt legitimate businesses. The scammers are probably not going to comply anyway.