|Received:||3/22/2004 12:47:10 AM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
As with unsolicited FAX, unsolicited commercial email (SPAM) takes resources from the recipient - storage space, time to sort through and delete, etc. This is a form of theft. It may not be as obvious as consuming FAX paper and ink but, its theft none the less. There should be no requirement on recipients to take time to open and opt-out of these commercial emails in order to stem their flow. There should be no requirement to register for on a Do-Not-SPAM list. There should be an enforcement agency that can receive forwarded SPAM then hunt down and fine the initiators of these emails. Such fines can be used as a funding source for such an enforcement agency. SPAM should be as completely illegal as unsolicited FAX is today. A Do-Not-SPAM list will simply serve as an email directory of valid email addresses to all SPAM sources, particularly those beyond the USA borders that feel no requirement to observe any USA laws prohibiting SPAM. There are plenty web sites where people can go looking for news and information on products of interest to them (advertising). There is no reason to allow SPAM to overwhelm and destroy the useful and productive nature of email.