Modern technology has made life easier in many ways. Computers play a role in all of our lives, from employment to entertainment to information access. Smartphones are portable computers that allow us to connect with family and friends, conduct banking transactions, visit the doctor virtually, and more. The positive aspects of technology are nearly endless. However, technology has a downside as well, as the Federal Communications Commission knows. The agency is aware of how technology can play a role in the harassment of domestic violence victims, with specific emphasis on connected cars. These vehicles use technological features such as internet connectivity, sensors, and communication devices to offer drivers convenience. The cars can start remotely, contact first responders in an emergency, offer navigation, and report equipment malfunctions. Unfortunately, domestic abusers and stalkers can use these features to torment their victims.
If you or a loved one are in New Jersey and experiencing domestic violence, stalking, or harassment, do not hesitate to seek help. The Lento Law Firm and its Family Law Team can assist you and guide you through what is definitely a stressful time. The firm's Family Law Team has vast experience obtaining restraining orders for victims of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and related offenses. You need a strong advocate at your side, and the Lento Law Firm can provide that advocate. Reach out to our office at 888-535-3686 or use this online form to contact us.
The FCC's Letter to Auto Makers and Wireless Service Providers
According to an FCC release, the agency's chairwoman, Jessica Rosenworcel, has written to nine vehicle manufacturers and three wireless service providers in an attempt to learn about their policies on connected cars and domestic abuse. She explained that since abusers can use a connected car's features to bother and intimidate others, victims of abuse should not have to give up their vehicles to feel safe. As an example, Rosenworcel cited an incident where a woman claimed that her abusive spouse was able to monitor her whereabouts by using a smartphone app that revealed her car's location.
Rosenworcel said that under federal law, the FCC is obligated to assist victims of domestic violence in obtaining secure access to connectivity. As a result of this mandate, the agency is seeking information from the automakers on their connected car systems and any plans they have to help victims disconnect from abusive individuals. The FCC is also asking the automakers to provide information on how they manage customers' geolocation data. Rosenworcel is seeking similar information from the wireless service providers, the release said.
If You Are Struggling With Domestic Violence, You Need Skilled, Caring Representation
If you are in New Jersey and struggling with an abusive spouse, partner, or other individual, you need to work with an experienced law firm that is knowledgeable on family law matters and domestic violence issues. The Lento Law Firm and its Family Law Team understand what you are going through and are ready to help. The team has the skills and knowledge you need, and they are ready to help ensure your safety. Get in touch with us at 888-535-3686 or contact us by using this online form.