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Bad News for Transferees: US Senate Does Not Vote on Bill to Prevent U.S. Customs from Selling Transferee Personal Data

  • 1.  Bad News for Transferees: US Senate Does Not Vote on Bill to Prevent U.S. Customs from Selling Transferee Personal Data

    Posted 01-16-2019 16:47

    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:

    • International Association of Movers
    • American Moving & Storage Association
    • Worldwide ERC
    • Air Force Sergeants Association
    • American Foreign Service Association
    • Association of the United States Army
    • Association of the United States Navy
    • Fleet Reserve Association
    • National Active and Retired Federal Employees
    • National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions
    • National Association of Realtors


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    Brian Limperopulos
    Vice-President
    International Association of Movers
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  • 2.  RE: Bad News for Transferees: US Senate Does Not Vote on Bill to Prevent U.S. Customs from Selling Transferee Personal Data

    Posted 01-17-2019 11:22
    Brian, I wonder if we could enlist help from the military wives group that is pushing reform in the DP3 program.  I'm sure that they wouldn't be too happy to find out that their spouse's SSN number is being sold, which could be an identity theft risk.  Further, it might help to show that the moving industry isn't the demon they have made us out to me--showing that we are watching out for their best interests, while the Federal Govt/Congress/DOD don't seem to be doing so.  Just a thought.

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    Margaret Wilken
    Saginaw MI United States
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  • 3.  RE: Bad News for Transferees: US Senate Does Not Vote on Bill to Prevent U.S. Customs from Selling Transferee Personal Data

    Posted 01-18-2019 11:00
    Great thought Peg! I think it's an excellent idea to demonstrate how the industry has been leading this fight to protect the service member's best interest.

    We are discussing this internally and hope we can engage this mobilized group in a productive manner.

    Thanks!
    Brian

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    Brian Limperopulos
    Vice-President
    International Association of Movers
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  • 4.  RE: Bad News for Transferees: US Senate Does Not Vote on Bill to Prevent U.S. Customs from Selling Transferee Personal Data

    Posted 01-18-2019 11:00
    Great point. Our industry is not the bad guys we are made out to be. And yes, we certainly protect our customer’s PI details!

    Han Helders
    CEO and President
    Crystal Forwarding Inc.
    Carlsbad, CA, USA
    760-431-0266

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