White House Issues Executive Order on International Data Protection


Biden’s Executive Order covers personal and sensitive information such as biometric, financial, genomic, geolocation, and personal health data, as well as specific types of personally identifiable information.

“Bad actors can use this data to track Americans (including military service members), pry into their personal lives, and pass that data on to other data brokers and foreign intelligence services. This data can enable intrusive surveillance, scams, blackmail, and other violations of privacy,” the White House said in a statement outlining the plan.

Data collected by companies is often legally sold through data brokers, which could then resell it to countries of concern or to entities connected to these countries, including foreign intelligence services and military organizations, as well as other entities controlled by foreign governments, the US government said.