|Received:||3/20/2004 12:26:40 PM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
It is my opinion that safeguards must be implemented to prevent false email addresses from being used to send advertsing emails--spam. Too many send/resend to hide the originator. Further, I believe that the opt-out messages should be eliminated or else a safer way to opt-out must be developed--because some of those "opt-out" lines can actually link someone to an infected website, virus, trojan, etc. In addition, I do not think there is anything wrong with a friend forwarding an item or article to someone they know would be interested--friends share with one another when they know a friend is looking or interested in something--but in that case--the original emailer's ISP, name, address, etc. must be provided...and only a one-time email should be permitted from the company whose info is being forwarded--such email addys obtained from forwarding from one customer to another--should not allow the advertiser to harvest either of those email addys for future use. Safeguards must be implemnted to prevent hostile enemies of someone from inserting their email addy into forms asking for advertising--thus even when a form is filled out by a supposed real customer--only a one-time email should be sent to that email addy--from which the recipient upon getting it can opt-in...No automatic opt0in forms should be allowed because it too easy for people to fill in those they want to harass. All mass emails, that are unsolicited through a direct transaction or business relationship before, that advertise sex enhancers--enlargers--pills, creams, etc. must be eliminated--And I think that the spoof subject lines in themselves should bemade illegal--if it is an ad--then the company name with full id info (ISP, actual postal address, and phone) must be available in all ads-- And one should be able to email BACK to the originating email sender emails address to opt-out--eliminate these opt-out special lines to click--If someone emails someone--no false email--that is not working--should be allowed. If the receiver cannot reply to the email addy sending it to opt-out--then all such emails should not be allowed.