|Received:||11/20/2004 3:51:08 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I oppose your proposal to allow telemarketers to send prerecorded messages to consumers with whom their clients have a "business relationship" even if the consumers being called have joined the National "Do Not Call" Registry. This constitutes a significant rollback of the Registry and a significant incursion against the privacy of consumers. If a consumer has registered on the Do Not Call Registry, the clear meaning and intent is that the consumer does not wish to be called. That wish should be honored. Telemarketers have routinely disregarded these consumer concerns and the FTC should not be complicit in undermining the law and disrespecting the intent of consumers and the Congress. Some of us continue to cling to the quaint notion that federal regulatory agencies should enforce laws on industries within their purview and not conspire with those industries about how to evade the laws.