Monday, March 6, 2017

Public Safety Bureau Seeks Comment on a Privacy and Security Plan for National Emergency Address Database

The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (“Bureau”) released a Public Notice seeking comment on the Privacy and Security Plan (“Plan”) for the National Emergency Address Database (“NEAD”) submitted by NEAD, LLC, along with AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon (collectively, “Parties”).   The NEAD is being developed to identify the dispatchable location of wireless 911 callers when the caller is indoors, and as a database that will use media access control (“MAC”) address information of fixed indoor access points to locate nearby wireless devices.  NEAD, LLC, a non-profit entity established by CTIA, will oversee the development and operation of the NEAD platform and serve as the NEAD Administrator.

The Plan states that information in the NEAD on wireless access points will generally come from three sources:  1) service provider records of wireless access points; 2) records from large enterprise systems of wireless access points, including MAC address, PT-BDA and location information; and 3) “eventually, individual consumers, who will be able voluntarily to input information about their wireless access points not otherwise provided to the NEAD along with information necessary for verification.”  The Plan also describes the consumer privacy protections within the NEAD platform, and “comprehensive controls” incorporated to support the security of the NEAD platform.  The Bureau seeks comment on the proposed privacy and security methods, along with personnel management, privacy training, and all other aspects of the Plan.

Comments are due March 20, 2017.
Reply comments are due March 30, 2017.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wireless Bureau Extends Form 477 Filing Deadline

The Wireless Competition Bureau released a Public Notice extending the March 1, 2017 deadline for submission of Form 477 data due to unresolved technical difficulties with the filing interface.  The Bureau is extending the filing deadline until after March 1, 2017, and will release a subsequent Public Notice once the site reopens announcing the new filing deadline.

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Chairman Pai Seeking to Stay FCC Privacy Rules

The Commission released a statement from Mark Wigfield, Acting Director of the Office of Media Relations, stating that Chairman Pai has advocated “returning to a technology-neutral privacy framework for the online world and harmonizing the FCC’s privacy rules for broadband providers with the FTC’s standards for others in the digital economy.”  The statement notes that the previous privacy rules scheduled to take effect on March 2, 2017 are not consistent with the FTC’s privacy standards, and therefore the Chairman is seeking to act on a request to stay this rule before that date.

The rules referred to above as being scheduled to take effect on March 2 are the data security rules (Section 64.2005) of the Privacy framework.  However, as stated in the press release, it is now unlikely that such data security rules will take effect on March 2.  As noted in the press release, “if Commissioners are willing to cast their votes by March 2, then the full Commission will decide the stay request.  If not, then the Wireless Competition Bureau will stay that one element of the privacy rules pending a full Commission vote on the pending petitions for reconsideration consistent with past practice.”

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