FCC Proposes Regulations to Prevent Domestic Abuse Car Tracking

Chair seeks to apply domestic abuse law to auto manufacturers.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is concerned over the ease with which domestic abusers can stalk their victims using digital information transmitted from cars connected to the internet. This week, FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel proposed a new rule under the Safe Connections Acts to curb the risks posed by digital interconnectivity and location tracking.

“Survivors of domestic abuse shouldn’t have to choose between giving up their vehicle and feeling safe,” Chair Rosenworcel stated.

This announcement follows a letter from Chair Rosenworcel to America’s top nine automakers and three mobile service providers in January, requesting details about the digital system policies of interconnected new consumer vehicles. Some of the automakers did allow users to limit their location access, but not all of them did. This prompted the FCC’s inquiry into how formalized regulation can prevent the misuse of car tracking capabilities.

Federal regulations already require telecom providers to unlink numbers from family plan accounts in cases of domestic abuse.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for Chair Rosenworcel and members of the FCC as they seek to support the safety and well-being of domestic abuse survivors.
  • For leaders in the auto manufacturing and mobile provider sectors as they respond to the FCC’s inquiries.
  • For the Lord’s protection and safekeeping of domestic abuse survivors from their perpetrators.

Sources: Reuters, AP


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