Protecting Personal Information of Military and Foreign Service Officers is Aim of McCaskill-backed Bipartisan Proposal

Senator supports bipartisan plan to protect Americans who make international moves from identity theft and fraud

WASHINGTON – Continuing her fight to support military servicemembers and public servants stationed around the world, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is backing a bipartisan proposal to protect the personal information of those who make international moves with their household goods from identity theft and fraud. Under current law, sensitive personal information, such as names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and passport numbers, are potentially at risk when Americans move overseasincluding military servicemembers and foreign service officers moving in service of their country.

“Our servicemembers and public servants often make the sacrifice of being stationed abroad to protect and defend our country, and ensuring their privacy is protected should be a top priority,” said McCaskill, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “This commonsense solution is an important step toward securing the personal information of our troops and State Department personnel—giving them the peace of mind that they and their families’ identities will be safe and secure as they answer the call to serve anywhere in the world.”

The McCaskill-backed Moving Americans Privacy Protection Act will help protect the personally identifiable information of those who make international moves with their household goods by requiring U.S. Customs and Border Protection to take additional steps to secure individuals’ personally identifiable information. Military servicemembers and foreign service officers are disproportionately at risk of having their information exposed given their rate of moving overseas. In recent years, the personal information of relocating individuals has been accidentally released, resulting in identity theft, credit card fraud, and unwanted solicitations.

McCaskill, a strong advocate for military families, passed bipartisan legislation in the Senate to address lead poisonings and dangerous lead levels in housing on U.S. Army installations in the aftermath of a recent report which highlighted the issue. Additionally, McCaskill recently joined with Senate colleagues and military and veteran service organizations calling on the Trump Administration to abandon a proposal that would weaken oversight measures that help protect military servicemembers and their families from predatory lending practices.

Visit mccaskill.senate.gov/defense to learn more about McCaskill’s fight to strengthen national security.

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