A coalition of military and moving associations is urging the U.S. Senate to swiftly pass into law S.998, the Moving Americans' Privacy Protection Act. This bipartisan legislation, introduced by Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.), would prevent the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) from selling personally identifiable information from international moves, including Social Security numbers and passport data, to third-party data brokers. IAM has been advocating on behalf of transferees on this issue with CBP since 2010.
Regardless of whether a transferee is a US citizen or foreign national, CBP's disregard for the protection of a person's personally identifiable information (PII) puts them at significant risk of financial fraud, identity theft and privacy invasion. In this era of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other new privacy laws, the U.S. Government continues to treat personal data as a money-making opportunity.
While the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed companion legislation earlier this year, the U.S. Senate must vote on S.998 by the end of the year or the process starts all over again with the incoming Congress, leaving the personal information of those who move to or from the United States unprotected.
For all US-based IAM Members, IAM strongly encourages you to contact your Senators and ask them to support S.998, the Moving Americans' Privacy Protection Act.
IAM thanks the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) for its close partnership on this issue as well as our other coalition partners for their collaboration in pushing this effort forward on behalf of every transferee and their families. Members of the coalition include: