Senate passes personal data removal law

The US Senate has unanimously approved new legislation requiring US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to remove sensitive Personally Identifiable Information (PII) from the manifests for incoming shipments before they are sold to commercial interests.

IAM said in an announcement that this was a ‘critical initiative’ that would ‘help secure personal information for service members, their families, and all private, not-for-resale household goods shipments entering the country’.

PII can include passport details, home addresses and social security numbers, and are sometimes included in the commercial side of shipping manifest datasets, exposing them to the risk of misuse.

IAM has supported this legislation through several Congressional sessions; earlier versions of the bill had progressed but were ultimately not adopted.

Once the law is passed, CBP has 30 days to make the changes necessary to protect the sensitive information. 

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