U.S. includes surveillance concessions in new transatlantic data flow framework

White House

President Joe Biden’s long-awaited executive order on a data privacy framework proposed a legal solution for American companies to complete transatlantic data flows without fear of violating the European Union’s strict rules.

The executive order, released Friday, is the tangible result of an agreement in principle announced in March between the United States and the European Union aimed at providing a workable, legally resilient framework that will allow companies to continue moving and storing the personal data of EU-based citizens to American-based servers without running into legal issues under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The executive order stated U.S. intelligence activities would be limited to the pursuit of national security objectives, and that the privacy rights and civil liberties of all citizens, not just U.S. citizens, would be taken into consideration.

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