Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has written letters to prominent automakers and telecommunications companies, bringing attention to the alarming use of connected-car systems for stalking and harassing domestic abuse survivors. In a proactive move, Rosenworcel is demanding that these companies provide details on their systems and outline how they plan to support survivors in disconnecting from their abusers.
Major automakers including Ford, General Motors, and Honda, along with telecom giants AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, have received letters from Rosenworcel. The FCC Chairwoman emphasized that it is crucial for these companies to address this issue promptly.
Rosenworcel stated, "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. We must do everything we can to help survivors stay safe. We need to work with auto and wireless industry leaders to find solutions."
This initiative underscores the significance of collaboration between these industries to ensure the protection and safety of domestic violence survivors. By encouraging tech and auto companies to examine their connected-car systems and develop measures to safeguard survivors, the FCC aims to mitigate the risks associated with this distressing situation.
Now more than ever, it is essential for the technology and automotive sectors to step up and take responsibility for protecting their users. Rosenworcel's letters serve as a powerful reminder that everyone deserves to feel secure both online and offline.
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