The TikTok ban is now a long story. Countless press articles relate the latest twists. But here, I focus on the actual national security rules that allow the US to force the Chinese company out. I’m not taking sides, but I’d like to bring attention on how privacy concerns can now trigger national security reviews and block foreign investors deemed suspicious. This is a defensive mechanism against the weaponization of personal data in the cyberwarfare playing out.[Read more…] about TikTok Ban: How CFIUS Can Block Foreign M&As for Privacy Concerns
Governments around the world now use our personal information to pose threats over each other. The actual or potential control that a foreign country has over domestic personal data highly impact geopolitical relations, but also cross-border business flows and compliance requirements. What’s happening around Huawei, the TikTok ban or Wechat are the best known examples of the weaponization of personal data, that is unlikely to stop anytime soon.[Read more…] about The Weaponization of Personal Data: When National Security Meets Privacy (TikTok, Huawei, WeChat…)
The U.S. data protection law landscape is moving fast since the GDPR arrived in the EU. This happens mostly at the state level so far, the CCPA being the best known of these new laws. The U.S. doesn’t yet have a nation-wide federal data privacy law, and relies on several sectoral laws. But this day will come, as the need to unify a patchwork of U.S. data privacy laws grows.[Read more…] about U.S. Data Privacy Laws: CCPA, HIPAA, COPPA… and soon a Federal Data Protection Act?