In late 2018, a coalition of military and moving associations including IAM urged the U.S. Senate to swiftly pass into law Senate Bill 998 (S. 998), the Moving Americans' Privacy Protection Act, before the end of the year. This bipartisan legislation would have prevented the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) from selling personally identifiable information (PII) from international moves, including Social Security numbers and passport data, to third-party data brokers.
Although the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed companion legislation earlier in 2018, the Senate's failure to act means the process must begin all over again with the incoming Congress, leaving the personal information of those who move to or from the United States unprotected.
More specifically, CBP's disregard for the protection of a person's PII puts transferees at significant risk of financial fraud and identity theft regardless of whether they are a U.S. citizen or foreign national. 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.Please remember that your company or your transferees may request confidentiality on their shipments by applying for it on the IAM Vessel Manifest Confidentiality Request webform.
IAM thanks our coalition partners for their ongoing collaboration in pushing this effort forward on behalf of every transferee and their families. It will continue in 2019 to advocate for the protection of transferee privacy and data. Members of the coalition include: