|Received:||3/21/2004 1:36:56 AM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
This CAN-SPAM Act has turned out to be a joke. I have received MORE SPAM since it was enacted than I ever received before (and this is with a mail service provider that screens out the SPAM). They do some relatively simple steps to "comply" with CAN-SPAM and bingo -- the ISP has to let them through without restrictions. Only when the TRUE senders e-mail address and originating IP address (not a proxy or 'bot' site) are included in the TCP/IP header will there be a suitable method of stopping SPAM. I want to be included in a National Registry for "do not e-mail" as I already am (with success) in the "do not call" telemarketer registry. It works (unfortunately it does not stop political party calling)! Subject line labelling must not be mandatory -- I am sure the ads for body part enhancements are ADVertisements, but none them say ADV- in the subject. CAN-SPAM is not effective -- by putting asteriks or other characters in a title (such as P*e*n*i*s) or by injecting codes between key words in the text (and sometimes just dictionary recitations of random words) they make their topic or content "appear" to meet the Act. I do not see how you can enforce this Act upon senders who use foreign sites to transmit or forward the mail unless you install filters that screen out all foreign messages that come from "mail relay sites".