H.R. 4886: Closing the Pre-Paid Mobile Device Security Gap Act of 2016


Mar 23, 2016


Referred to Committee on Mar 23, 2016

This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on March 23, 2016, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.


Jackie Speier

Representative for California's 14th congressional district



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Last Updated: Mar 23, 2016
Length: 9 pages


1% chance of being enacted (details)

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To require purchasers of pre-paid mobile devices or SIM cards to provide identification, and for other purposes.

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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 ...

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Mar 23, 2016

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