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Biden Cracks Down on Personal Data Sales to China, Russia

Order comes as tech advances stoke concerns the government isn't doing enough on privacy. (Click image for article.)

President Joe Biden plans to announce Wednesday an order aimed at protecting certain personal data of Americans from being gathered by China, Russia and other countries. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

 

President Joe Biden on Wednesday will announce an executive order to protect sensitive personal data from falling into the hands of China, Russia and other “countries of concern.”

The order, which will require the Justice Department to draw up rules aimed at cracking down on the transfer of personal and government-related data, arrives as technological advancements stoke anxieties that the federal government isn’t doing enough on privacy.

Although the U.S. prohibits illicit back-channel activity like computer hacking, an administration official said on a call with reporters that current laws do not bar countries from buying data through brokers, allowing them to amass volumes of U.S. personal information.

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