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Commercial email petition

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National Consumers League, Telecommunciations Research & Action Center and Consumer Action request fraudulent, unsolicited commercial email be declared "deceptive trade practice" under FTC Act in citizen petition submitted to commission Sept. 3. "It is intrusive and legally actionable for telemarketers to make unsolicited, fraudulent phone calls," consumer groups note. "We believe it is in the public interest for electronic marketers to be held to a similar standard." According to the petition, UCE should include email that is offensive, fraudulent, inappropriate for children or misleading, as well as email that disguises the sender's true identity. Average email recipient receives 571 UCEs a year and likely will receive three times that amount by 2006, petition adds...
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