|Received:||11/27/2004 6:48:30 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:This change would emasculate the purpose of the rule by enabling marketers to exploit an especially obnoxious loophole. Although the existence of an "established business relationship" is countenanced, this is insufficient basis for a rule that would effectively alllow telemarketers to circumvent the purpose of the rule. Instead of protecting the public interest, this "safe harbor" enables telemarketers to abuse the role of the FTC as mediator between commercial interests and a private person's right to contemplate their navel in peace. This proposal completely perverts the purpose and policy of the original rule. I strongly object.