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Executive Order 14117: Protecting Americans’ Sensitive Personal Data

03 Apr

Update Applicable to:Effective date
All employers in every industrySee details below

What happened?

On February 28, 2024, President Biden issued Executive Order (EO) 14117to protect Americans’ sensitive personal data from exploitation by countries of concern. This is because certain foreign governments are amassing sensitive data and using it to engage in activities that threaten national security, such as espionage (including hacking), extortion, transnational repression, and disinformation campaigns.

What are the details?

The EO calls for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to promulgate regulations to prevent the large-scale transfer of sensitive personal data and US Government-related data to “countries of concern.” This is because the sale of Americans’ data raises significant privacy, counterintelligence, extortion risks and other national security risks (especially for those in the military or national security community).

With this EO, also came an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), which was published on March 5, 2024.

Key Bites

Other Bites for consideration:

  • The ANPRM has proposed the following bulk thresholds.
  • New security regulations are coming.
  • For persons (including employers) that have Cross-Border data flow.
  • Possible privacy rulemaking updates coming soon, to meet new requirements.

Business Considerations

  • Due to the extensive and expansive nature, prepare to adjust your policies and practices, especially the ones concerning Data Privacy.
  • Conduct an audit of your providers and vendors to identify in what country they are located. This is to prepare you to find new providers and vendors once the countries and persons of concern are identified (by the DOJ and DHS).
  • Try to seek assurances from your vendors that they will also comply with the EO and not transfer information to countries of concern. This is so that a proxy is not established between your provider and your business.


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