|Received:||3/20/2004 9:01:42 PM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
People are often persuaded to give their personal information without clearly understanding the use to be made of that information. I would like to see regulations clarifying what is accurate disclosure of the intended use(s) of personal information. I would like to see commercial email required to contain a factually accurate statement in readable type of where and how the information about the person was collected, and what real person or business entity collected the information, and which real persons and/or business entities have owned the information since it was collected. Naturally postal mailing addresses should be included. The location at which the information was collected would obviously vary. Sometimes it is a website, and other times it is a form the person mailed in or filled out while in a store. Perhaps the sale of such information should be illegal. Failing that, if information is misused, the original collector and all subsequent owners up to and including the time of the misuse should be jointly and severally liable for the misuse.