Justice Department to Implement Groundbreaking Executive Order Addressing National Security Risks and Data Security

On Feb. 28, the President will issue a groundbreaking Executive Order (E.O.) addressing the extraordinary and unusual national security threat posed by the continued effort of certain countries of concern to access Americans’ bulk sensitive personal data and certain U.S. Government-related data. The first of its kind, the E.O., entitled “Preventing Access to Americans’ Bulk Sensitive Personal Data and U.S. Government-Related Data by Countries of Concern,” will direct the Justice Department to establish, implement and administer new and targeted national-security programming to address this threat.

The E.O. will require the Department, in consultation with other agencies, to issue regulations that prohibit, or otherwise restrict, certain categories of data transactions that pose an unacceptable risk to national security.

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