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Biden Acts to Stop Sales of Sensitive Personal Data to countries of concern


On 28.2.2024 President Joe Biden issued an Executive Order to protect Americans’ sensitive personal data from exploitation by “countries of concern”.

This Executive Order marks the most significant executive action any American president has ever taken to protect Americans’ data security. The President ordered the Justice Department to write rules that would restrict the sale of personal information about Americans’ such as genomic data, biometric data, personal health data, geolocation data, financial data, and certain kinds of personal identifiers to China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela, as well as any entities linked to those countries.

This first-of-its-kind attempt aims to keep personally identifying information from being obtained for blackmail, scams, or other harm. The administration’s main concern is that this kind of sensitive data could be used for blackmail, especially for those in the military or national security community, and against dissidents, journalists, and academics.

A senior administration official said during a call with reporters that countries like China and Russia were buying that kind of data from brokers, as well as obtaining it through other corporate relationships. The officials said the countries were using their access to the data for blackmail and surveillance and could employ artificial intelligence to enhance their use of the information.

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