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Senators Unveil Bipartisan Bill To Protect Americans’ Personal Data From ‘Harmful Actors’ in China, Elsewhere

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Senators Unveil Bipartisan Bill To Protect Americans’ Personal Data From ‘Harmful Actors’ in China, Elsewhere

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A bipartisan pair of senators on Tuesday introduced legislation they say will protect Americans’ sensitive personal data from China and elsewhere. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) unveiled the Protecting Sensitive Personal Data Act of 2021 (pdf) which seeks to expand the oversight authority of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) over transactions that may involve the sensitive personal data of Americans. The CFIUS is a U.S. interagency panel overseen by the Treasury Department that scrutinizes foreign deals for national security implications. The legislation would expand the panel’s authority to issue regulations that require mandatory declarations to foreign investments in U.S. companies that maintain or collect sensitive personal data. The senators say the legislation would protect sensitive information, including genetic test results, health conditions, and insurance applications. It would also protect financial hardship data, security clearance information, geolocation data, private emails, data for generating government …

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