|Received:||4/14/2004 1:38:39 AM|
|State:||Not in the US|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
Re: CAN-SPAM Act Rulemaking, Project No. R411008 To the Commissioners, While I appreciate your initiative to deal with the problem of unsolicited bulk email, I am extremely concerned about the proposed requirement for merchants & publishers to maintain suppression lists. Such a requirement to use suppression lists will be a serious threat to the legitimate distribution of the many publications available on the net. I am specifically concerned about the potential threat to the viability of publishers who require permission from the consumer prior to adding them to any list. Such people are not who CAN-SPAM was designed to put out of business, but this requirement will very likely have that effect. My gravest concern is the very real potential of suppression lists being obtained by the very spammers that legislation is designed to protect us from, leading to an escalation of spam instead of a reduction or elimination. This ruling could have a seriously damaging effect on the viability of a great number of small online entrepreneurial businesses and I urge you in the strongest possible terms to reconsider its implementation in light of these problems, Sincerely, John Taylor Cumbria United Kingdom.