|Received:||3/26/2004 7:08:05 PM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
"Primary purpose:" if the email would be seen by a reasonable person as intended to provide a benefit primarily to the sender, *even if no money will change hands*, it shoudlbe treated as comemrcial email. That includes political campaign contribution requests, religious proselytizing, etc. "Transactional messages" should not be permitted once the goods or services have been accepted by the addressee; transactions are comleted at that time unless the addressee chooses to re-open the transaction. "Changes in technology" and "aggravated violations:" Spammers are now using proxies created by viruses as relays. Such practice shoudl be a felony crime, and the primary benficiary of the spam shoudl be the person or company charged. "Ten-day time limit:" Ten days is two orders of magnitude too long. Electronic subscriptions and unsubscriptions require only seconds to complete. There is no excuse for taking even 24 hours, much less 10 days. "National Do-Not_email registry:" Such a registry *must* automatically include all existing and future email addresses, and the user of any address who wishes to receive unsolicited commercial email should proceed to remove his own address from the registry. Any other method will fail spectacularly. "Eforcement:" Unless CAN-SPAM is enforced vigorously, rapdily, and mercilessly against *all* spammers, including both trailer-park denizens and the Fortune 500, it will merely *increase* the load of spam swamping the Internet. I am prepared to discussthis issue with any FTC representative at your convenience. I may be reached by telephone at *REDACTED PERSONAL INFORMATION* .