|Received:||11/28/2004 7:04:03 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I wish to protest this amendment on the grounds that it undermines the whole idea of the Do-Not-Call List. Firstly, it can be overly simple to argue that a business relation has been established; many times the consumer will not be aware of their business relation to the company in question. Secondly, the use of prerecorded messages significantly complicates consumer's ability to "opt-out" of receiving additional phonecalls in the future. Thirdly, any unlisted (in a phone book) phone numbers listed in Do-Not-Call List will once again become targets of telemarketing. This will cause owners of such numbers request removal from the Do-Not-Call List - adding provisions for doing that will result in a security vulnerability whereby unauthorized persons may remove the consumer's number from the list (the consumer will likely only notice the removal when telemarketing calls start coming in again and re-registration will only stop the calls after 3 additional months). Please do not amend the Do-Not-Call List as it is currently sufficient for the needs of the consumers it protects. Any alteration could easily result in its weakening. Thank you.