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H.R. 4989: Protecting Diplomats from Surveillance Through Consumer Devices Act

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Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 4989 requires the State Department to establish policies for personnel working at U.S. embassies or consulates regarding the use of consumer devices that may have location tracking capabilities. The bill also requires that such policies be included in security briefings for current and new employees, and requires a one-time report once the policies have been developed.

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Joaquin Castro

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 20th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jul 18, 2018
Length: 3 pages

Feb 8, 2018


Passed House (Senate next) on Jul 17, 2018

This bill passed in the House on July 17, 2018 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.


48% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Feb 8, 2018

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May 17, 2018
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Jul 13, 2018
On House Schedule

The House indicated that this bill would be considered in the week ahead.

Jul 17, 2018
Passed House (Senate next)

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H.R. 4989 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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