August 25, 2023
Source: Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Comments due: September 25, 2023
Reply comments due: October 20, 2023
On August 10, 2023, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking comment on a proposed voluntary cybersecurity labeling program for Internet of Things (IoT) devices or products. These smart devices or products might include home office routers, digital personal assistants, home security systems, voice-activated shopping, Internet-connected appliances, fitness trackers, GPS trackers, medical devices, garage door openers, and baby monitors.
The FCC proposes to adopt a voluntary labeling program that would provide information to consumers about the relative security of a smart device or product. Smart devices or products bearing the Commission’s proposed IoT cybersecurity label would be recognized as adhering to certain cybersecurity practices for their devices.
Of specific interest to persons with disabilities, the FCC proposes that providers ensure accessibility to printed and online information by following requirements included in the Americans with Disabilities Act and the guidance developed by the Web Accessibility Initiative. The FCC seeks comment on whether this proposal will provide the best likelihood of ensuring that consumers with disabilities will be able to access necessary information about the security of their smart devices and products.
Interested parties may file comments by accessing the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System at fcc.gov/ecfs/filings. All filings must reference PS Docket No. 23-239. People with disabilities who need assistance to file comments online may request assistance by email to FCC504@fcc.gov.
Link to NPRM and FACT SHEET on Securing Smart Devices:
For general information about protecting your personal data, visit: fcc.gov/protecting-your-personal-data. For further information regarding the NPRM, please contact James Zigouris, Cybersecurity and Communications Reliability Division, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, at (202) 418-0697, or by email to email@example.com. Individuals who use videophones and are fluent in American Sign Language may call the FCC’s ASL Consumer Support Line at 844-432-2275 (videophone).