- The US draft executive order reflects an effort by the administration to respond more aggressively to national security threats from China acquiring crowds of US personal data
- The proposal also obliges the Department of Health and Human Services to prevent federal funding from supporting the transfer of U.S. health data to foreign opponents
Last June, President Biden signed one executive order (EO), is recalling and replacing former President Donald Trump’s mandate, which sought to ban several foreign-owned apps in the United States, particularly apps from China such as TikTok and WeChat. In the same EO, Biden also instructed that a risk-based analysis should be performed on apps owned or controlled by foreign opponents, which could be a threat to US security.
Under EO, ”foreign adversary” is defined as any foreign government or non-governmental entity involved in a long-term pattern or serious instance of conduct that materially harms U.S. national security or the safety or security of U.S. individuals. Now there are negotiations that the Biden administration has drafted another EO to respond more aggressively to national security threats allegedly provided by companies from China that acquire lots of US personal information.
IN an exclusive report by Reuters, the proposed EO is currently being reviewed by US government agencies. Among details shared include; The EO would give the Department of Justice (DoJ) enormous powers to prevent foreign opponents like China from accessing Americans’ personal data. Quotes a person familiar with the matter and excerpts seen by Reuterseven the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been awarded in the draft to prevent federal funding from supporting the transfer of U.S. health data to foreign opponents.
The draft order reflects a more aggressive effort on the part of the administration following unsuccessful bids by the Trump administration to prevent Americans from using popular social media platforms TikTok and Wechat. However, China and apps have denied any wrongful use of US data. The new EO is apparently in an introductory draft that does not include input from government agencies and may change, according to. Reuters sources.
The draft order, if approved, would authorize U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to review and potentially block commercial transactions involving the sale of or access to data if they pose an unnecessary risk to national security, one of them said. The persons. Reuters. In addition, the proposal will also require HHS to start writing a rule.
“To ensure that federal assistance, such as grants and rewards, does not support the transfer of U.S. health, health, or biological data … to entities owned, controlled, or under the jurisdiction of foreign adversaries,” according to a excerpt seen by Reuters.
The new executive order also requires the Minister of Commerce to determine which categories of transactions are directly prohibited and which are exempt, another excerpt shows. Separately, Beijing passed two laws last September – the Data Security Act (DSL) and the Privacy Act (PIPL) – to limit cross-border data flows and enforce localization.
The rules reflect fundamentally far-reaching implications for how companies operate in China. While Beijing claims they are necessary to protect personal data and strengthen national security, experts believe the rules have made compliance difficult and created political uncertainty for U.S. companies.