PSB Seeks Comment on a Privacy and Security Plan for National Emergency Address Date

Updated: Apr 2, 2018

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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