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As Part of Ongoing Effort to Beef Up Cybersecurity, Biden Turns Gaze to Commercial Spyware

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The executive order bars federal agencies, including those engaged in law enforcement, defense, or intelligence activities, from “operationally using” commercial spyware.

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President Joe Biden on Monday limited how the federal government can use commercial spyware that officials say poses a growing threat to government workers and information systems.

Biden signed an executive order prohibiting intelligence agencies and other departments from using commercial spyware considered a national security risk or that has been used improperly abroad, such as to target activists and journalists.

The order comes ahead of a democracy summit Biden is co-hosting this week. The administration hopes it will spur international collaboration to fight the misuse of spyware.

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