Sending Office: Honorable Charlie Crist
Groups Supporting: Air Force Sergeants Association, American Foreign Service Association, American Moving & Storage Association, Association of the United States Army, Association of the United States Navy, Fleet Reserve Association, International
Association of Movers, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions, National Association of Realtors, Worldwide ERC
We invite you to cosponsor H.R.2521, the Moving Americans Privacy Protection Act, to protect the Personal Identifiable Information (PII) of servicemembers and their families when they come home after living and serving abroad.
When cargo and passengers arrive to the United States, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is responsible for enforcing U.S. trade laws, collecting revenues, and preventing smuggling and illegal entries. To help CBP perform these functions, vessels submit
manifests cataloging their cargo. Customs and Border Protection is allowed, by law, to sell this information to third-party data brokers, often used to produce statistical information on shipments into the United States, and is required to publish these manifests
The majority of manifests published by CBP do not contain PII, only information on the cargo and where it is from. When servicemembers and other federal employees on foreign assignments are returning home from overseas, the manifests for their moves unfortunately
include PII, like Social Security numbers, passport numbers, driver’s license information, and even home addresses. This can lead to identity theft and credit card fraud.
H.R.2521, the Moving Americans Privacy Protection Act, requires CBP to screen shipment manifests and remove any PII found before the manifest is disclosed to the public. When coming home after serving our country overseas, servicemembers should not have
their personal information published, putting them at risk.
Charlie Crist Michael Waltz
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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