U.S. Senate Passes Legislation to Prevent U.S. Customs and Border Protection from Selling Transferee Personal Data

June 09, 2021

Yesterday evening, the U.S. Senate today passed by a vote of 68-32, S. 1260, the U.S. Competition and Innovation Act (USICA), which included a key provision directing the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury to ensure that any personally identifiable information (PIII) (including social security and passport numbers), are removed from a vessel, aircraft, or vehicle manifest, before that manifest is provided for public disclosure.

Regardless of whether a transferee is a U.S. citizen or foreign national, the release of an individual’s PII puts them at significant risk for financial fraud and identity theft. In this era of well-established EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other new privacy laws, IAM is pleased that the Senate has passed this bill, securing industry customers’ personal data. IAM also appreciates the support and sponsorship of similar legislation by Senator Steve Daines (MT) and Senator Gary Peter (MI).

IAM will continue to advocate for passage of companion U.S. House of Representatives legislation. President Biden has indicated his willingness to sign the legislation should it arrive for his consideration. For questions or comments, please contact Brian Limperopulos at brianl@iamovers.org.