|Received:||3/29/2004 11:51:23 AM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
I am foremost a consumer and I enjoy the freedom of the internet and the free information that I can recieve via email. I also enjoy the speed at which mail is delievered. I would like to see it remain free from taxes and other encumberances. Email is a multipurpose vehicle that in lots of cases contain elements of advertisments and information and I may want both. In some cases I may want neither. In that case then a simple opt out message line that is implemented immediately is much better than a do not email registery. Most messages that are spam contain misleading subject lines, hijack other computers to send out the messages or do some other under the radar type of behavior. It would seem to me, and I am not an expert in this so this may not be feasible, to implement a approved list of email management software and autoresponder services that meet a certain criteria. Something along the line the IRS uses for tax software. Then crackdown on spyware and other programs that are installed on a computer without the users explict knowledge and consent.Don't throw the baby out with the bath water.