The Trump administration has requested a court order to lift restrictions on federal agencies that protect the privacy and security of Americans.
The order from the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, dated Monday, said the President’s Cybersecurity Executive Order was the law of the land.
The White House said in a statement that the Executive Order has been in effect for six years.
The order requires federal agencies to protect the personal data of their employees, contractors, and contractors of third parties from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, or damage.
The court order was issued by the appeals court on behalf of the White House and a coalition of attorneys general from 14 states, plus the District, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
The executive order has been used by the Trump administration to justify its policy of prioritizing cybersecurity, with the goal of “providing cybersecurity assurance to the American people.”
The White Star Line, a ship-based cybersecurity firm, has previously said it will no longer provide the federal government with the services necessary to provide federal cybersecurity assurances, including cybersecurity alerts and information about threat indicators.
Trump has also used the executive order to justify the imposition of new sanctions on Russia, including a ban on the export of Russian military equipment.