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  • 1.  Privacy Legislation supported by IAM Advances

    Posted 04-17-2018 16:39

    For many years, IAM has been working to safeguard the privacy of your clients. As you may be aware, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sells the personally identifiable information of your clients if they are either moving to or from the US. Read more about this CBP policy.

    Over the past several months, IAM has worked with Congressman Jeff Denham (R-CA) to introduce and advance the "Moving Americans Privacy Protection Act," a bill which would prohibit U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) from releasing the personally identifiable information of your clients to global data brokers. 

    On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, the US House of Representatives passed H.R. 4403. It is now set to be considered by the US Senate. For all US-based IAM Members, please contact your Senators and ask them to support this legislation.

    IAM will update you as more information becomes available.

    Brian Limperopulos
    International Association of Movers

  • 2.  RE: Privacy Legislation supported by IAM Advances

    Posted 04-18-2018 07:14
    Fingers crossed Brian.  Great work from IAM.


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  • 3.  RE: Privacy Legislation supported by IAM Advances

    Posted 04-19-2018 11:10
    Hi Brian

    It has been a long road but hopefully we are near the end. Great efforts by the IAM team to get us to this point. 

    All the best,
    Tony Waugh
    Waugh Consultancy
    9142 Crystal River Drive
    Indianapolis, IN 46240
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  • 4.  RE: Privacy Legislation supported by IAM Advances

    Posted 04-19-2018 13:44

    Dear Brian,


    First of all, congratulations on your promotion.  I can't think of a more deserving professional than you!


    Secondly, thank you for your work on this project.  The progress to date is good news, and exactly what our industry needs to protect our customers' identities.   IAM's involvement and influence in representing its membership to government is deeply appreciated. 

    You are shaping the future of the moving industry, which is a great help to us and our customers.


    Thank you for driving this initiative to protect customer data and best wishes in your new IAM role!


    Best regards,


    Laura May Carmack

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  • 5.  RE: Privacy Legislation supported by IAM Advances

    Posted 04-20-2018 08:36

    Great work, Brian.  We have shared your information on FIDI's intranet, with proper credit to IAM of course.


    We understand that meanwhile something similar is going on in Mexico?  Is IAM aware of this?  Are there any other countries having the same issue?


    As a removal company, obviously it is your job to prevent personal information being sold to third parties.  In the case of a government organization doing so, there is not much a moving company can do, other than making sure the customer is informed of the risk, and is guided to the place where they can prevent this dissemination of personal information.  By doing so, you can demonstrate you have done everything within your power to mitigate the risk of data breach.




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  • 6.  RE: Privacy Legislation supported by IAM Advances

    Posted 04-23-2018 18:40
    Edited by Brian Limperopulos 04-23-2018 18:39
    Thanks Jesse! I appreciate you sharing this within your network.

    I had not heard anything specific about PII being distributed by Mexico but we are aware that the following countries have similar programs to the US where shipment manifest information can be accessed by the public. These countries are as follows:

    Costa Rica

    I would welcome input from IAM Members in those countries if they are seeing client data distributed by their national customs authorities.

    Further I believe your guidance is prudent and realistic. Hopefully, this legislation will close this loophole in the near term from the US side. In the meantime though, we are recommending that IAM Members please continue to educate their clients of this risk and advise them that they can request PII confidentiality by filling out the confidentiality request form on the IAM website.

    Brian Limperopulos
    International Association of Movers

  • 7.  RE: Privacy Legislation supported by IAM Advances

    Posted 04-20-2018 08:35

    Dear Brian hi,


    In Greece, the relevant Law will start being applicable after 25th May 2018,

    So time is limited for all the accredited companies to further develop their already

    existing basic PRIVACY PROTECTION practices.


    The strictness of the new coming law makes it absolutely necessary for companies

    To practically adjust all their attitude and company mentality to new developments.


    So, we start working on it and all new feedback is very much welcomed!

    Please keep us posted on new developments on this Privacy Protection Act.

    Best regards

    Georgia Kasimati   


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  • 8.  RE: Privacy Legislation supported by IAM Advances

    Posted 04-18-2018 07:14



    will this new law protect only American Citizens moving to/from the U.S.?




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  • 9.  RE: Privacy Legislation supported by IAM Advances

    Posted 04-18-2018 10:33
    Thanks Woody!

    If passed in its current form, the legislation mandates the Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security (the Secretary oversees CBP) to "ensure that any personally identifiable information, including Social Security account numbers and passport numbers, is removed from any manifest signed, produced, delivered, or electronically submitted under this section before access to the manifest is provided to the public."

    Based on that, all transferees would be protected and the following personally identifiable information (PII) data elements would now be proactively scrubbed prior to distribution to the public:

    - Shipper (Transferee) Name
    - Shipper Address
    - Consignee Name
    - Consignee Address
    - Notify Party Name
    - Notify Party Address
    - Social Security Number
    - Passport Number

    As I mentioned, this legislation is still moving through the process and the language could be amended. I will keep everybody posted.


    Brian Limperopulos
    International Association of Movers

  • 10.  RE: Privacy Legislation supported by IAM Advances

    Posted 04-18-2018 12:31
    I know this came up several years ago, but I still find it amazing that having a shipper's information compromised by U.S. Customs & Border Patrol is even a possibility. It's beyond comprehension that we would have to worry about customs selling our data. They are a government agency like the IRS. Do we have to start worrying about the IRS selling taxpayer information?

    Doris Bourne
    Premier Worldwide LLC
    San Mateo CA United States

  • 11.  RE: Privacy Legislation supported by IAM Advances

    Posted 04-19-2018 08:03
    Yes, Doris, the IRS is most likely selling our personal data too.

    The reason why we get so much junk mail is that government agencies at every level sell information about us. Apparently, the 4th amendment (the right to be secure in our persons, houses, papers, and effects) does not apply to the government, until a bill comes along to address a specific issue, such as this one with the CBP - fingers crossed it passes!

    Fatima Calderon
    International Coordinator
    GoMove USA Inc.
    Jersey City NJ United States

  • 12.  RE: Privacy Legislation supported by IAM Advances

    Posted 04-20-2018 11:51
    Thanks, Fatima..........I know and just needed to voice my frustration with all of this. The information highway has been a great benefit to all of us, but unfortunately filled with data-stealing low-lifes who make our job even more time consuming.

    Doris Bourne
    Premier Worldwide LLC
    San Mateo CA United States