|Received:||4/5/2004 12:25:49 PM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
The sooner we create a "National Do Not Email Registry", the sooner we will see a difference in the amount of trash emails received. The National Do Not Call List has made notable improvements in the amount of unsolicited calls, and we can hope that the email registry would do the same. I am not sure that there should be a system for rewarding those who supply info about violations, even though I could make a fortune with such a system, since I submit about 15 to 20 emails a day from my personal email account. I think that the greatest reward is just stopping the emails. I personally do not see that the Act has made any impact on the emails. My spam emails are increasing in number instead of decreasing, and I submit every email that is spam to the FTC reporting email address. Until the FTC gets extremely tough on these violators, we will not see an improvement. So far, I am sure they are looking at the Act as just a slap on the wrist. Extreme fines should be placed on those who send the emails and the company's that the emails are advertising for. Subject line labeling is getting worse. So many times there is no subject, which I am afraid to open and so I just delete it without reporting it to the FTC and therefore cannot get the email logged with the FTC. Many times these emails come with no subject line, and then have no body to the email either, and this scares me and is why I have stopped opening these types of emails. The FTC should go after spammers with everything they have. These companies sending the spam and those that hire them are probably laughing in the FTC's face about this new ACT. Obviously they don't take it seriously, the way they manipulate their emails. Most of the time the "Opt out" links don't work, or are so obscure that most people would miss them. The dictionary attacks are incredible. Until something is done that will open the eyes of all the spammers out there, the spam will continue and increase in number.