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Biden's move on data flow promises temporary relief

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Significance

It stated that the collective weight of the Framework and other US regulations provide “essentially equivalent” protections to those of the EU, paving the way for adoption of the Framework by EU countries. The Framework is based on Executive Order 14086, signed by President Joe Biden in October. The executive order is a stopgap until a federal data privacy law is approved by Congress.

Impacts

  • If a Republican wins the White House in 2024, they may cancel the executive order and thus the Framework.
  • Large technology firms generally support efforts by the US government to guarantee privacy rights at the federal level.
  • The lack of a national data law, or at least regional privacy deals, hinders US cooperation on global threats such as climate change.
  • Biden’s proposal in October for data harmonisation with 50 countries to help avoid future pandemics would likely be doomed.

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