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Uncle Sam tells nosy nations to keep their hands off Americans’ personal data

February 28, 2024

US President Joe Biden is expected to sign an executive order today that aims to prevent the sale or transfer of Americans’ sensitive personal information and government-related data to adversarial countries including China and Russia.

In addition to the executive order, the White House will propose regulations that prohibit companies from directly or indirectly transferring large amounts of certain types of data to so-called “countries of concern” – China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, Cuba, and Venezuela – according to a senior administration official.

The concern is that these countries, which can legally buy Americans’ sensitive information from data brokers and others, will use this to undermine national security.

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