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The Biden Administration has taken steps to prevent foreign governments from accessing Americans’ personal data.

Executive Order

An executive order has been issued to authorize the Attorney General to block the transfer of personal data to “countries of concern,” including China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, and Venezuela.

Targeted Practice

The order focuses on data brokerage, an unregulated industry where intimate details of our lives are collected and sold. When this data reaches foreign adversaries, it poses national security risks.

Prohibited Data

The executive order bans the sale of specific data types to countries of concern, including:

  • Genomic data
  • Biometric data
  • Geolocation data
  • Personal health data
  • Personal finance data
  • Personally identifiable information
  • Sensitive government data

Commercial Transactions

Data transactions for commercial purposes, such as investment and employment information, are restricted but not prohibited.

TikTok’s Position

The executive order may not significantly impact TikTok, as it claims not to purchase data from third-party brokers. However, it does collect data through other means.

Next Steps

The executive order is still in the early stages of implementation. There will be stakeholder input before the final rule is established.

Domestic Data Brokers

The White House has yet to address data brokers operating within the United States.