FCC Chair Asks Auto and Wireless Industry to Help Shield Domestic Abuse Survivors

Her letters ask companies to assist in preventing the misuse of connected smart technology.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Jessica Roseworcel wrote to nine automakers and three major wireless service providers this month to protect survivors of domestic abuse from further harassment due to connected smart technology. Concerns include the handling of geolocation data and the ability to disconnect from hands-free technology.

The FCC has adopted rules under the Safe Connections Act of 2022 “to help survivors separate service lines from accounts that include their abusers, protect the privacy of calls made by survivors to domestic abuse hotlines, and support survivors who suffer from financial hardship.“

“No survivor of domestic violence and abuse should have to choose between giving up their car and allowing themselves to be stalked and harmed by those who can access its data and connectivity,” said Chairwoman Rosenworcel. “We must do everything we can to help survivors stay safe. We need to work with auto and wireless industry leaders to find solutions.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for Chair Rosenworcel as she seeks to ensure the safety and independence of survivors of domestic violence.
  • For the officials in the auto and wireless companies to provide the necessary information to assist survivors.
  • For abuse survivors as they seek to live healthy lives apart from perpetrators.

Sources: Federal Communications Commission

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