National Coalition of Military & Moving Associations Urges U.S. Senate to Pass Bipartisan Legislation to Protect the Privacy of Americans Moving Abroad

Vote Urgently Needed Before the Current Legislative Session Ends in December

 

November 19, 2018

ALEXANDRIA, VA — A national 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.

Active duty military and foreign service personnel represent a large portion of international moves, so the current CBP practice puts them at significant risk of financial fraud and identity theft. The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed companion legislation earlier this year. The 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 abroad at ongoing risk.

“We continue to strongly urge the Senate to pass this bill without delay so that this vital legislation to protect the privacy of Americans can be signed into law before the end of the year,” said AMSA President and CEO Scott Michael. “The American Moving & Storage Association thanks our coalition partners for their support, as well as members of the moving and storage industry who have visited and contacted congressional offices to help move this legislation forward. This would be a huge win for the families we all serve.”

Members of the coalition include:

  • American Moving & Storage Association
  • International Association of Movers
  • 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

“Rather than unpacking and trying to unwind following a major move in their life, too many American citizens are instead stuck trying to unfreeze their credit cards and figure out who is responsible,” said AMSA Vice President of Government Affairs Paul Milotte. “While these victims often mistakenly blame their moving company, the reality is that flawed procedures employed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection are exposing people to these risks. This legislation, which has no opposition, is the only way to stop this from happening.”

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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 3,500 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.