|Received:||3/21/2004 2:54:29 PM|
|Commenter:||Dianne J. Thibado|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
RE: the implementation of a National Do Not Email Registry: I signed up for the National Do Not Call Registry and I have not received a single telemarketing phone call since... however, on an average day, I am obliged to delete or sort through several 'hundred' emails from people (often unidentified and / or unidentifiable) whom I have never met, nor even heard of... marketing or soliciting on behalf of companies and / or products which I have never heard of / have no need for / do not want / and / or have absolutely 'no' interest in. I feel inundated by this flood of trash mail which I neither desire nor am amused by. It wastes my time (and sometimes, my patience); it takes up system resources for the ISP, my on-line mail company, and my own computer. And I am frequently solicited for subjects for which I have never expressed any interest at all: access to prescription drugs, travel / trips / vacations, items of a sexual nature, tobacco products, discount merchandise of the sort which I have never bought from anyone (ie., home gymnasium equipment). They assume I am seeking romance / want to meet singles in my area / have an interest in clubs or hobbies which I have never pursued... services these organizations or individuals claim they can offer / provide in return for a fee / membership / etc. In fact, I am a single adult in a stable, long-term relationship with a 'significant other' ... I own my own house (no, I am not looking for the lowest mortgage / a new platinum card / refinancing)... I'm a health-conscious person who is active outdoors (skip the gyms / workouts / diet foods at a bargain)... and I have three avid hobbies which keep me busy, between them, for 12 months of the year. I receive (and welcome) information from companies with products related to those hobbies and interests... other than that, I wish these people would all just go away and bother someone else. I would sign up for a Do Not Email Registry today, if it existed. Thank you.