|Received:||11/27/2004 9:16:40 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I write about the proposed enabling of a loophole regarding the "Do Not Call" list that would allow pre-recorded messages to interrupt people's lives. "Yes, sir, your uncle's second wife's stepsister's kindergarten teacher once bought a widget from us. That establishes a clear prior business relationship between you and us, and when we say 'us', we mean the company that recently phoned the company down the street from our sister company which resides in Malaysia. And of course, we had records of all of this, but we recently put them in the paper shredder and then burned it, for your security's sake." I'm aware that there's already a provision for "prior business relationship", however, if a real person calls me I can tell them to take me off their list there and then. If I receive a pre-recorded message I have to figure out who it was that called me, find their number, call them, try to find the right department, hope the person I want to speak to is there and finally ask to be taken off their list etc.. etc.. The onus should not be placed upon the consumer to try to get themselves off a spamming list. I don't know what Mr Hile stands to gain from this shocking move. It certainly makes one wonder though..... Thank you for allowing me a voice.