ASIS Security Management:

Data privacy is also a national security concern, said U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) in a panel discussion hosted by the R Street Institute on Thursday. Currently there are no restrictions against selling American’s personal data to foreign companies and governments; Wyden added that he is “concerned about foreign adversaries getting commercially acquired data” on Americans, such as location data from U.S. troops who were using fitness applications while stationed at military bases overseas.

Wyden has put forth legislation that would require the U.S. Commerce Department to identify categories of sensitive information and countries where data exports should be controlled—like Russia and China—because it could be used to harm American interests. His proposals, however, have not moved forward in the U.S. Senate.

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