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Will a Biden administration deal with TikTok on the company's data security practices — or banning the app altogether — really improve privacy and cybersecurity for Americans? A transatlantic data-sharing deal takes effect. And there's a new head of federal cybersecurity at the Office of the Federal CIO. This is CyberScoop for Oct. 4.

Opinion: Banning TikTok won't protect Americans

Once again, Washington is obsessing over TikTok. The White House is reportedly reviewing a draft agreement with the video app, according to The New York Times, that would involve the company changing its data security practices without officially cutting ties with its Chinese owner, ByteDance. In Congress, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and some other politicians want to continue one of the Trump administration’s most famed, and failed, tech crusades: undercutting TikTok’s presence in the U.S. by forcing it to sever all ties with ByteDance. But the reality is that playing whack-a-mole against specific tech companies won’t protect Americans’ sensitive data. Read the full commentary from Justin Sherman.

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US-UK crime data agreement begins

An agreement between the U.S. and U.K. governments to allow law enforcement agencies access to data held by IT service providers across the Atlantic has come into force. The pact allows law enforcement agencies in one country to request data directly from service providers in the other country, without violating restrictions on cross-border disclosures. It relates only to data being sought in order to counter serious crime, and the agreement is authorized by the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act, which was enacted by Congress in 2018. John Hewitt Jones writes in FedScoop.

Mitch Herckis becomes director of federal cybersecurity

The Office of the Federal CIO has installed Mitch Herckis as director of federal cybersecurity. Prior to his permanent appointment, he was carrying out the role in an acting capacity, and before that worked on state and local government affairs and public policy at Google. Previous roles include a period working at New York City’s Cyber Command, and as director for state and local government programs at FireEye-Mandiant. John has this, too.

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