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President Joe Biden implements US, EU data privacy framework

President Joe Biden implements US, EU data privacy framework

US President Joe Biden has signed an executive order to implement a data privacy framework between the United States and the European Union. .The order titled "Enhancing Safeguards for United States Signals Intelligence Activities" outlines the steps that the United States will take to implement the privacy framework that was agreed upon in March after the EU Court of Justice ended the previous Privacy Shield framework. The Privacy Shield framework was created with the intention of establishing uniform privacy standards for businesses that transfer personal financial data from the European Union to the United States. However, the Court of Justice found that surveillance programs in the United States did not provide EU citizens with adequate measures to address how the government used their data, if it was collected, and that the United States lacked the necessary safeguards for EU citizens.

“Binding review and redress of claims that their personal information collected through U.S. signals intelligence was collected in violation of applicable U.S. law, including the enhanced safeguards of the E.O.” The Executive Order directs the Attorney General to establish a Data Protection Review Court within the Justice Department to review and redress those claims. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence is able to check to see if the enhanced safeguards of the order also direct the US intelligence community to update their data collection methods thanks to these two provisions.

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