About the bill
With the Apple-vs.-FBI encryption fight consuming so much attention over the past month, often lost by the wayside is an issue no less important: burner phones. The cheap disposable devices, also called “pre-paid phones,” are often bought anonymously and without registration. It was burner phones, not encryption, that were primarily used to plot the coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris last November which killed 130 people.
H.R. 4886, the “Closing the Pre-Paid Mobile Device Security Gap Act,” would ban anonymous pre-paid phones in the United States Introduced last week ...
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for California's 14th congressional district. Democrat.
Last Updated: Mar 23, 2016
Length: 9 pages
Mar 23, 2016
114th Congress, 2015–2017
Died in a previous Congress
This bill was introduced on March 23, 2016, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.
Mar 23, 2016
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H.R. 4886 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
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This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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