Executive Order Adds Privacy, Civil Liberties Safeguards for Signals Intelligence Activities

President Biden signed an executive order on Friday to improve safeguards for US signals intelligence activities and implement the country’s commitments under the European Union-US Data Privacy Framework announced in March.

The EO requires SIGINT efforts to be carried out in a manner that pursues defined national security objectives, directs the US intelligence community to update policies and procedures to reflect privacy and civil liberties safeguards outlined in the order and mandates handling requirements for personal data collected through SIGINT. activities, the White House said Friday.

The policy establishes a multilayer process that allows individuals from qualifying states and regional economic integration organizations to seek redress if their personal information was gathered through SIGINT in a way that violated US law.

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board should also assess the policies and procedures set by the IC to ensure that they are aligned with the EO.

The strengthened safeguards for signals intelligencethe new redress mechanism and updated privacy principles, will form the basis for the European Commission’s assessment in a new adequacy decision for the EU-US DPF,” Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said in a statement published Friday.

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