Sen. John Hawley, R-Mo., has proposed legislation that seeksÂ to protect U.S. citizens’ personal data fromÂ hostile foreign nations that may pose security risks. The National Security and Personal Data Protection Act would prohibit the transmission of user data or encryption keys to foreign countries such as China and storage of information there, Hawley’s office said Monday.
Under the legislation, companies that seek to conduct business in the U.S. would not be allowed to collect more than the required data figure and should not utilize the gathered information for secondary purposes.
The bill would also requireÂ certain international companiesÂ to undergo aÂ pre-approval process with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. for proposed merger transactions.
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s crime and terrorism subcommittee recentlyÂ held a hearing to discuss China’s connection to the technology industry.
U.S. authorities are looking into the security of a social media video application, calledÂ TikTok, after lawmakers raised concerns that the Chinese governmentÂ could obtain military images from the platform forÂ weapons training use.