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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is proposing a new rule Feb. 28 that would bring automakers selling internet-connected vehicles under the umbrella of a telecommunications law designed to protect domestic violence survivors, Reuters reported.

This move would address the growing concern over technology-enabled stalking through advanced car features like location tracking and remote control functionalities.

Speaking to Reuters, FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel discussed the emerging issue of connected cars being used as tools for domestic abuse, drawing parallels to the challenges the commission has already tackled through the Safe Connections Act, which empowers the FCC to assist survivors in maintaining secure communication lines.

Rosenworcel recently sought detailed information from major automakers and telecom providers on how internet-connected car technologies could be misused in domestic abuse scenarios. This inquiry precedes the proposed rulemaking notice, which seeks to identify ways the automotive sector can proactively protect survivors from being tracked, harassed or intimidated through their vehicles.

The potential new rule, pending approval from the full FCC, would initiate a formal public commentary period, opening the floor to suggestions on safeguarding domestic violence survivors. Rosenworcel said she will be open to "creative ideas" for implementing such protections.

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