May 6, 2019

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Today, the American Moving & Storage Association applauded the bipartisan introduction of the Moving Americans Privacy Protection Act (S.1302) by Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI), and H.R. 2521 sponsored by Representative Charlie Crist (D-FL) and Representative Michael Waltz (R-FL). This bill will protect American consumers, especially service members, from having their personally identifiable information (PII) sold by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) when moving internationally.

“Montanans and the American people need assurance that their private information is safeguarded from all threats,” Senator Steve Daines said. “This commonsense legislation ensures transparency as well as security in protecting our citizens from identity theft and fraud.”

The CPB collects manifest documents for containers holding Americans’ household goods (HHG) when they move internationally, supporting its mission to halt criminal cargo.  Current regulations direct the Agency to sell most of the bulk data it collects to third-party data brokers who, in turn, release the information online. Unfortunately, Americans’ PII is sometimes included in what is sold and released online. This has led to identity theft and credit card fraud for unsuspecting households moving internationally.

“The personal information of our men and women in uniform should be protected at all times,” said Representative Charlie Crist. “This bipartisan, bicameral legation will help ensure the personally identifiable information of servicemembers and their families is secure and kept out of the wrong hands.”

 “The burden to keep Americans’ private information confidential should not fall on the consumer, it is the government’s job to safeguard it since they are the ones collecting it,” said Scott Michael, AMSA President & CEO. “Honest and hardworking moving companies’ reputations are hurt as consumers mistakenly blame them for this avoidable problem. AMSA thanks the sponsors of the Moving Americans Privacy Protection Act for championing this issue and we urge Congress to enact it swiftly.”

The American Moving & Storage Association, home of the ProMover certification program, is the national trade association representing the nation’s moving and storage companies, which provide household goods moving services, specialized transportation for sensitive freight such as computers and trade show exhibits, and warehouse storage services. The association has approximately 3,400 members, including domestic and international companies and industry suppliers, and supports programs and activities that promote consumer protection, professional development, safety, and operational efficiency. Find out more at ProMover.org and Moving.org.