Biden signs executive order to ban sale of US data to China, Russia

The restrictions target biometrics, financial information, and other type of data that can identify people's personal information.

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Biden signs executive order to ban sale of US data

WASHINGTON, 29 Feb: US President Joe Biden on Wednesday issued an executive order restricting the sale of US data to China, Russia, and four other countries.

The order mentioned that the data could be used for scams and blackmail, especially for those who are serving in military and national security services.

The president asked the Justice Department to write laws that would restrict the sale of Americans’ location, health, and genetics information to China, Russia, Iran, Cuba, North Korea, and Venezuela.

These restrictions target biometrics, financial information, and other type of data that can identify people’s personal 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,” the White House said in a statement.

The executive order will prevent the large-scale transfer of Americans’ personal data to “countries of concern,” such as China, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela.

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