|Received:||4/16/2004 2:51:09 AM|
|Organization:||Private Citizen and webmaster|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
SPAM is annoying. No one denies that. But more annoying are regulartory agencies who deem it necessary to "protect" the public from unwanted email messages. We (citizens, entreprenuers) do not need regulatory agencies creating even greater bondage over what are supposed to be a free people and free enterprise. We need more responsible individuals exercising their own personal power by deleting messages, blocking messages, just as they would turn off a TV, boycott products or theatres. Every email system has blocking capability. Those who use email are or should become well skilled in using the system they have. Agency regulators have no business treading on the First Amendment rights of citizenry. If I don't want to receive mail from a given sender, I can create a block on the sender's address or delete the message...and I do so many times a day...and the frequency is diminishing. I don't like SPAM but I like even less telling the individual that they cannot communicate on the INTER NET, that web of thoughts and interprises that now has global impact on industry, education, commerce and communication. As for creating/maintaining/dissiminating a list of violators, that concept smells strongly of McCarthyism. It would not stop the spammers, but it would most certainly devistate legitimate e-commerce. If the objective of this act is to stop spammers, then you better go back to the drawing board because this isn't going to work. I throw away junk mail everyday delivered by the United States Postal Service. I even send advertising back to the advertiser as refused. Eventually those advertisers take me off their mailing list. But it is ME not some agency telling me what I can chose to accept or reject, what I will or will not read, or what I will respond to or not.