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H.R. 4989 - Protecting Diplomats from Surveillance Through Consumer Devices Act
Introduced: 2018-07-18
Bill Status: Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 705.
 

Protecting Diplomats from Surveillance Through Consumer Devices Act

This bill directs the Department of State to: (1) establish a policy on the use of location-tracking consumer devices, including GPS-enabled devices, at U.S. diplomatic and consular facilities by U.S. government employees, contractors, locally employed staff, and members of other agencies deployed to or stationed at such facilities; and (2) submit a related report to Congress.

Existing and new employees at such facilities shall, as a part of their security briefings, be informed of such policy and given instructions on the use of location-tracking consumer devices on and off facility premises.

The State Department may coordinate policy formulation with other agencies whose employees are deployed to or stationed at U.S. diplomatic and consular facilities.

Full Text

Calendar No. 705

115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 4989


    To require the Department of State to establish a policy regarding the use of location-tracking consumer devices by employees at diplomatic and consular facilities, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

July 18, 2018

    Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations

November 29, 2018

    Reported by Mr. Corker, without amendment


AN ACT

    To require the Department of State to establish a policy regarding the use of location-tracking consumer devices by employees at diplomatic and consular facilities, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Protecting Diplomats from Surveillance Through Consumer Devices Act”.

SEC. 2. Secure United States diplomatic and consular facilities against cy­ber­sur­veil­lance.

(a) Policy on location-Tracking consumer devices.—Not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State shall establish a policy on the use of location-tracking consumer devices, including GPS-enabled devices, at United States diplomatic and consular facilities by United States Government employees, contractors, locally employed staff and members of other agencies deployed to or stationed at such facilities.

(b) Security briefing.—Existing and new employees at United States diplomatic and consular facilities, including contractors, locally employed staff, and members of other agencies deployed to or stationed at such facilities, shall, as a part of the security briefings provided to such employees, be informed of the policy described in subsection (a) and given instructions on the use of location-tracking consumer devices both on and off the premises of such facilities.

(c) Coordination.—The Secretary of State may coordinate with the heads of any other agencies whose employees are deployed to or stationed at United States diplomatic and consular facilities in the formulation of the policy described in subsection (a) and the dissemination of such policy pursuant to subsection (b).

(d) Report.—Not later than 30 days after the formulation of the policy described in subsection (a), the Secretary of State shall submit to the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate a report on the details of such policy.


Calendar No. 705

115th CONGRESS
     2d Session
H. R. 4989

AN ACT
    To require the Department of State to establish a policy regarding the use of location-tracking consumer devices by employees at diplomatic and consular facilities, and for other purposes.

November 29, 2018
    Reported without amendment

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