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AGENCY:

Federal Communications Commission

ACTION:

Notice of a new system of records.

SUMMARY:

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC, Commission, or Agency) proposes to add a new system of records, FCC/WCB-5, Robocall Mitigation Database to its inventory of records systems subject to the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. This action is necessary to meet the requirements of the Privacy Act to publish in the Federal Register notice of the existence and character of records maintained by the Agency. The FCC requires voice service providers to certify that they have implemented the Secure Telephone Identity Revisited and Signature-based Handling of Asserted Information Using toKENs (STIR/SHAKEN) caller ID authentication framework and/or a robocall mitigation program. These certifications will be uploaded to the Robocall Mitigation Database and include the personally identifiable information (PII) of individual representatives of the service providers, such as contact information. Once service providers submit their certifications to the FCC, the certifications will then be made available for download via a public website to ensure transparency and accountability for implementing robocall mitigation programs.

DATES:

This system of records will become effective on May 18, 2021. Written comments on the routine uses are due by June 17, 2021. The routine Start Printed Page 26917uses will become effective on June 17, 2021, unless written comments are received that require a contrary determination.

ADDRESSES:

Send comments to Margaret Drake, at privacy@fcc.gov, or at Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 45 L Street NE, Washington, DC 20554 at (202) 418-1707.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Margaret Drake, (202) 418-1707, or privacy@fcc.gov (and to obtain a copy of the Narrative Statement and the Supplementary Document, which includes details of the modifications to this system of records).

SYSTEM NAME AND NUMBER:

FCC/WCB-5, ROBOCALL MITIGATION DATABASE.

SECURITY CLASSIFICATION:

Unclassified.

SYSTEM LOCATION(S):

Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 45 L Street NE, Washington, DC 20554.

SYSTEM MANAGER(S):

The FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau.

AUTHORITY FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE SYSTEM:

47 U.S.C. 227b(b)(5)(C).

PURPOSES:

The FCC uses this system to ensure compliance with FCC rules requiring implementation of the STIR/SHAKEN caller ID authentication framework and/or a robocall mitigation program.

CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS COVERED BY THE SYSTEM:

Individual representatives of voice service providers.

CATEGORIES OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:

Contact information, such as name, phone numbers, emails, and addresses, as well as work title and department.

RECORD SOURCE CATEGORIES:

Information in this system is provided by individual representatives of voice service providers who are certifying the service providers' implementation of the STIR/SHAKEN caller ID authentication framework and/or a robocall mitigation program.

ROUTINE USES OF RECORDS MAINTAINED IN THE SYSTEM, INCLUDING CATEGORIES OF USERS AND THE PURPOSES OF SUCH USES:

In addition to those disclosures generally permitted under 5 U.S.C. 552a(b) of the Privacy Act, all or a portion of the records or information contained in this system may be disclosed to authorized entities, as is determined to be relevant and necessary, outside the FCC as a routine use pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(3) as follows:

1. Public Access—Information from service providers' certifications, including the representative's contact information, will be posted to the Robocall Mitigation Database, a publicly accessible website. The certifications themselves will also be available for download on the site.

2. Service Providers—To other voice service providers to further ensure transparency concerning implementation of STIR/SHAKEN caller ID authentication framework and/or a robocall mitigation program, and to allow intermediate and terminating voice service providers to confirm they are only accepting traffic directly from originating voice service providers in the database.

3. Adjudication and Litigation—To the Department of Justice (DOJ), or to administrative or adjudicative bodies before which the FCC is authorized to appear, when: (a) The FCC or any component thereof; or (b) any employee of the FCC in his or her official capacity; or (c) any employee of the FCC in his or her individual capacity where the DOJ or the FCC have agreed to represent the employee; or (d) the United States is a party to litigation or has an interest in such litigation, and the use of such records by the DOJ or the FCC is deemed by the FCC to be relevant and necessary to the litigation.

4. Law Enforcement and Investigation—To appropriate Federal, State, local, or tribal agencies, authorities, and officials responsible for investigating, prosecuting, enforcing, or implementing a statute, rule, regulation, or order, when the FCC becomes aware of an indication of a violation or potential violation of civil or criminal law, regulation, or order.

5. Congressional Inquiries—To a Congressional office from the record of an individual in response to an inquiry from that Congressional office made at the written request of that individual.

6. Government-wide Program Management and Oversight—To the Department of Justice (DOJ) to obtain that department's advice regarding disclosure obligations under the Freedom of Information Act; or to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to obtain that office's advice regarding obligations under the Privacy Act.

7. Breach Notification—To appropriate agencies, entities, and persons when: (a) The Commission suspects or has confirmed that there has been a breach of the system of records; (b) the Commission has determined that as a result of the suspected or confirmed breach there is a risk of harm to individuals, the Commission (including its information systems, programs, and operations), the Federal Government, or national security; and (c) the disclosure made to such agencies, entities, and persons is reasonably necessary to assist in connection with the Commission's efforts to respond to the suspected or confirmed breach or to prevent, minimize, or remedy such harm.

8. Assistance to Federal Agencies and Entities—To another Federal agency or Federal entity, when the Commission determines that information from this system is reasonably necessary to assist the recipient agency or entity in: (a) Responding to a suspected or confirmed breach or (b) preventing, minimizing, or remedying the risk of harm to individuals, the recipient agency or entity (including its information systems, program, and operations), the Federal Government, or national security, resulting from a suspected or confirmed breach.

9. Non-Federal Personnel—To disclose information to non-federal personnel, including contractors, who have been engaged to assist the FCC in the performance of a contract service, grant, cooperative agreement, or other activity related to this system of records and who need to have access to the records in order to perform their activity.

In each of these cases, the FCC will determine whether disclosure of the records is compatible with the purpose for which the records were collected.

REPORTING TO A CONSUMER REPORTING AGENCIES:

In addition to the routine uses cited above, the Commission may share information from this system of records with a consumer reporting agency regarding an individual who has not paid a valid and overdue debt owed to the Commission, following the procedures set out in the Debt Collection Act, 31 U.S.C. 3711(e).

POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR STORAGE OF RECORDS:

This an electronic system of records that is maintained within the FCC's network accreditation boundaries.

POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR RETRIEVAL OF RECORDS:

Information in this system can be retrieved by various identifiers, such as name, title, department, address, phone number, and email address.Start Printed Page 26918

POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR RETENTION AND DISPOSAL:

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has not established a records schedule for the information in the Robocall Mitigation Database system of records. Consequently, until NARA has approved a records schedule, USAC will maintain all information in the Robocall Mitigation Database system of records will be maintained in accordance with NARA records management directives.

ADMINISTRATIVE, TECHNICAL, AND PHYSICAL SAFEGUARDS:

The electronic records, files, and data are stored within FCC accreditation boundaries and maintained in a database housed in the FCC's computer network databases. Access to the electronic files is restricted to authorized Commission employees and contractors; and to IT staff, contractors, and vendors who maintain the IT networks and services. Other FCC employees and contractors may be granted access on a need-to-know basis. The FCC's electronic files and records are protected by the FCC and third-party privacy safeguards, a comprehensive and dynamic set of IT safety and security protocols and features that are designed to meet all Federal privacy standards, including those required by the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

RECORD ACCESS PROCEDURES:

Individuals wishing to request access to and/or amendment of records about themselves should follow the Notification Procedure below.

CONTESTING RECORD PROCEDURES:

Individuals wishing to request access to and/or amendment of records about themselves should follow the Notification Procedure below.

NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE:

Individuals wishing to determine whether this system of records contains information about themselves may do so by writing privacy@fcc.gov. Individuals requesting access must also comply with the FCC's Privacy Act regulations regarding verification of identity to gain access to records as required under 47 CFR part 0, subpart E.

EXEMPTIONS CLAIMED FOR THE SYSTEM:

None.

HISTORY:

This is a new system of records.

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Federal Communications Commission.

Marlene Dortch,

Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 2021-10408 Filed 5-17-21; 8:45 am]

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