This post summarizes recent developments on the topic of Mutual Legal Assistance and proposes a new mechanism that would entail establishing an office in a country such as India that would that serve as a Single Point of Contact (“SPOC”) for high-quality MLA requests.
Peter Swire is the Elizabeth and Tommy Holder Chair of Law and Ethics at the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business, a Senior Counsel to Alston & Bird LLP, and Senior Fellow of the Future of Privacy Forum. He served as one of five members of President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology.
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US efforts to reform MLATs must occur in tandem with reform efforts in Europe and globally and require appreciation that other democratic nations differ in the details of their systems, while seeking essentially the same goals.
In the wake of EU decisions concerning the Safe Harbor laws (Schrems) and U.S. Surveillance practices, Peter Swire and the Future of Privacy Forum have released a white paper addressing US privacy law and surveillance reforms.