Republican Florida Rep. Anna Paulina Luna introduced legislation Tuesday to protect Americans from foreign adversaries accessing and/or exploiting their personal data.
The Daily Caller first obtained a copy of the legislation, entitled the U.S. Data on U.S. Soil Act. The bill would specifically prohibit covered entities such as TikTok, Facebook and Instagram from storing any U.S. national’s data in a physical data center located within a foreign adversary, such as China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea or Russia.
The bill would also prohibit government officials in foreign adversary countries from accessing the covered data.
Furthermore, the bill would enforce a large fine if these regulations are violated according to “unfair or deceptive acts” under the Federal Trade Commission Act. Anyone who violates the regulations would be forced to pay a fine of $50,120 per violation. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Anna Paulina Luna Introduces Legislation To Terminate Overreach At CDC)
“Americans daily face the threat of exposing their personal data to bad-actor countries who are looking for a chance to exploit us, simply by opening our phones,” Luna told the Caller before introducing the legislation. “The protections in my bill are long overdue. A military leader would never hand over his tactics and intelligence to the enemy on a silver platter, and neither should we.”
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Republican Reps. Mary Miller of Illinois, George Santos of New York and Ralph Norman of South Carolina joined Luna as co-sponsors.