|Received:||3/21/2004 8:04:34 AM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
There should be extremely harsh penalties for porn site operators who are caught violating the act. Also, Web Browser Hijacking should be included as a form of spam violation in the act. I am a network consultant for many companies and this has become a huge problem costing many man hours to reset the computer back to it's original settings. This happens when an unsuspecting user downloads a "free" application from the Internet not realizing that the hijack is included in the fine print of the acceptance agreement. Many times, these hijacks include popups for porn sites and things like the XXXToolbar. The law should also prevent popup ads that imitate the format of a Windows warning message. Many inexperienced users are being tricked into installing applications that they believe to be from Windows. Large businesses have ways of blocking these items, but smaller businesses simply do not have the funds to implement sufficient technology to keep this from happening. I have also seen many children get tricked into accepting these popups/agreements not understanding what they were doing. I also feel that the law should address the misuse of metatags, especially by porn site operators. They take the words of what they know younger people are searching for and include them in the metatags of their website hoping to get more hits when, in fact, their website has nothing to do with those topics. I have nothing against a porn operator having an adult websight on the Internet but feel that they should be proscecuted to the max when they use deceptive means, many times in the view of children, to generate traffic for their website. I also feel, that if a company pays a spammer to create emails advertising their product, and then that spammer is caught violating the act, the company advertising the product should also be liable. This will force companies who choose to use spam as an advertisement medium to be very careful in choosing an individual to do this for them. Thank you for taking the time to address this serious issue. The time and money spent by American businesses is unbelievable and could be better spent on other technologies that would improve the business instead of fighting the unscrupilous"Con-Artists" of the Internet world. Also, home users could return to using the Internet for what it was meant to be instead of feeling like they are in a "Wild-West" shoot-out and having to run for cover.