White House issues executive order protecting Americans’ private data

The White House is taking action to protect people’s private data from foreign and enemy nations.

President Joe Biden is set to issue an executive order on Wednesday that will authorize Attorney General Merrick Garland to prevent Americans’ personal data from flowing to adversarial countries such as China, North Korea, and Iran.

The order will help the Department of Justice block countries of concern from “purchasing Americans’ data from data brokers and using it to track American citizens and pry into their lives,” a Biden administration official told reporters.

The DOJ will establish protections for users’ personal data, including genetic, biometric, geolocational, financial, specific government data, and personal identifiers. That includes setting higher security standards for data potentially accessible through commercial means, ensuring that the data are not accessed through
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