The Commission released a Memorandum Opinion and Order approving the Privacy and Security Plan (“Plan”) for the National Emergency Address Database (“NEAD”) submitted on February 3, 2017 by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon (collectively, “National Carriers”). The Commission finds the Plan is within the requirements outlined in the Indoor Location Fourth Report and Order, and addresses the need to protect the privacy, security, and resiliency of the NEAD.
The NEAD is being developed for the purpose of identifying the dispatchable location of wireless 911 callers when the caller is indoors, and is a database that will enable wireless providers to use media access control access and Bluetooth Public Device Addresses information of fixed indoor access and Bluetooth Public Device Addresses information of fixed indoor access points to locate wireless devices being used to call 911. The Plan states that it was developed in consultation with CTIA’s 911 Location Accuracy Advisory Group, and was reviewed by public interest, consumer, and consumer privacy organizations. The Plan received unanimous support from commenters.
The FCC will continue to monitor the Plan as it is implemented by the Nations Carriers and the NEAD, LLC (created by CTIA) and reserves the right to take any additional measures regarding privacy and security.
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