|Received:||12/16/2004 10:39:05 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:A Do Not Call Registry is precisely that and should remain so. I do not wish to receive unsolicited pre-recorded messages any more than I wish to receive unsolicited telemarketing calls. As far as I am concerned this is even worse. Now I can return home to find my answering machine full of unwanted messages, under the so-called guise of having an established business relationship with the callers. What nonsense! What constitutes such a relationship? If I called a store and asked about their business hours would that then entitle them to harass me by phone forever more? What right do these businesses have to invade my privacy? Especially since I have already indicated that I wish to be left alone. The provision that I have the right to opt out of receiving further recorded calls by dialing an 800 number or other key pad option is ludicrous. I've already opted out by being on the Do Not Call Registry to begin with. I should have to do nothing more. If anything I should have the opportunity to opt into this new version not out of it. This is just a blatant attempt to make an end run around Do Not Call. My question to you is why the FTC is even considering this exception to begin with. Companies have many other means of marketing. They do not need to intrude into my home against my wishes. Why are you helping them to market and not helping consumers protect their privacy and peace of mind?