Senate Bill 3170
115th Congress(2017-2018)
CyberTipline Modernization Act of 2018
Became Law
Amendments
Became Law
Became Public Law 115-395 on Dec 21, 2018
Overview
Text
Introduced
Jun 28, 2018
Latest Action
Dec 21, 2018
Origin Chamber
Senate
Type
Bill
Bill
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Bill Number
3170
Congress
115
Policy Area
Crime and Law Enforcement
Crime and Law Enforcement
Primary focus of measure is criminal offenses, investigation and prosecution, procedure and sentencing; corrections and imprisonment; juvenile crime; law enforcement administration. Measures concerning terrorism may fall under Emergency Management or International Affairs policy areas.
Sponsorship by Party
Passed
September 27, 2018
Type
Unanimous Consent
Unanimous Consent
A senator may request unanimous consent on the floor to set aside a specified rule of procedure so as to expedite proceedings. If no Senator objects, the Senate permits the action, but if any one senator objects, the request is rejected. Unanimous consent requests with only immediate effects are routinely granted, but ones affecting the floor schedule, the conditions of considering a bill or other business, or the rights of other senators, are normally not offered, or a floor leader will object to it, until all senators concerned have had an opportunity to inform the leaders that they find it acceptable.
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
Summary

CyberTipline Modernization Act of 2018

(Sec. 2) This bill revises reporting requirements for electronic communication service providers and remote computing service providers (providers) who report information to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) on crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children.

Currently, providers must report the facts and circumstances of incidents of apparent child pornography, of which they become aware, to NCMEC via the CyberTipline. This bill retains the existing reporting requirement and provides new authority for providers to also report the facts and circumstances that indicate a child pornography violation is imminent.

Additionally, it makes various procedural changes to the reporting requirements, including to do the following:

  • grant discretion to providers to determine what information to include in a report;
  • permit (currently, require) the Department of Justice (DOJ) to designate foreign law enforcement agencies to receive CyberTipline reports from NCMEC;
  • allow NCMEC to forward a report to a foreign law enforcement agency in certain circumstances, even if the foreign law enforcement agency has not been designated by DOJ; and
  • provide explicit permission for a provider to disclose the contents of a report, including visual depictions, to law enforcement agencies, to NCMEC, or as necessary to respond to legal process.

Finally, the bill revises and updates various statutory references, including to replace references to “images” with “visual depictions” to make reporting requirements applicable to videos, in addition to images.

Text (5)
September 28, 2018
September 27, 2018
September 18, 2018
Amendments (1)
Sep 27, 2018
Agreed to in Senate
1
Sponsorship
Senate Amendment 4023
In the nature of a substitute.
Agreed To
Actions (20)
12/21/2018
Became Public Law No: 115-395.
12/21/2018
Signed by President.
12/20/2018
Presented to President.
12/12/2018
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12/12/2018
On passage Passed without objection. (text: CR H10153-10155)
12/12/2018
Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed without objection.(text: CR H10153-10155)
12/12/2018
Considered by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR H10153-10155)
12/12/2018
Committee on the Judiciary discharged.
12/12/2018
Mr. Goodlatte asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
09/28/2018
Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
09/28/2018
Message on Senate action sent to the House.
09/28/2018
Received in the House.
09/27/2018
Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
09/27/2018
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
09/27/2018
Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S6364)
09/18/2018
Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 582.
09/18/2018
Committee on the Judiciary. Reported by Senator Grassley without amendment. Without written report.
09/13/2018
Committee on the Judiciary. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.
06/28/2018
Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (text of measure as introduced: CR S4738-4740)
06/28/2018
Introduced in Senate
Public Record
Created
Jun 29, 2018 5:26:09 AM
Updated
Dec 15, 2020 5:59:28 PM