Barrack Obama, the US president signed into law the Former Presidents Protection Act of 2012 which extends life-time protection to the former American presidents as well as family which includes the children till 16 years of age.
The new Former Presidents Protection Act of 2012 also restores the lifetime Secret Service protection of the former presidents who were not serving as the President before 1 January 1997, along with their spouses.
The Act facilitates protection to the children of former Presidents till the age of 16 years. The fresh Act actually reversed the previous law in which limited Secret Service protection was provided to the former presidents as well as their families up to 10 years in case they served after 1997. As of now, the legislation only allowed to receive this Secret Service protection for a term of 10 years after the president left the office.
The author of this legislation, Congressman Trey Gowdy explained that the youth of presidents who were still living as well as the improved mobility, along with factor such as national security threat, especially after 9/11, necessitated the protection of the former presidents for the lifetime, just like it was since 1960s.
According to the law, Obama, former president George W Bush as well as future former presidents of the US would be entitled to receive this Secret Service protection for the lifetime. The bill for Former Presidents Protection Act of 2012 was cleared in December 2012 by US Congress.