|Received:||8/16/2004 4:04:32 PM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
|Rule:||Definitions, Implementation, and Reporting Requirements Under the CAN-SPAM Act (NPRM)|
Comments:There are two problems with the proposed rules: 1. It is too easy to send a message that meets the letter of this rule, but is still a fraud. 2. Opt out addresses and web sites are now a common vector of Adware and viruses. Under these rules, if an email provides a real sender address, a proper subject and appears to have an opt out method including a street address, it is not considered SPAM. This is why in some circles the CAN SPAM is a cruel joke. As an email user I don't want this unsolicited email either! I also question the effectiveness of this rule, as without an international agreement, SPAM factories will just move off shore (to casinoland.) The opt out methods are of more concern. Clicking on opt out web sites now is a dangerous proposition. More often than not the Spammer does NOT remove you from his list. Why? You have just verified a working email address that he can sell on his CD of email addresses. And that's the best that can happen. You can get Adware surepticiously loaded on your computer. You can get a virus loaded on your computer. How do we know that we can trust the CAN SPAM compliant messages any more than the SPAM we get now?