The Berkman-Klein Center at Harvard has published a primer on how the current Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty system works and summary of the Justice Department's proposed legislative fix.
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The legislation is not perfect, but it is an important step for our economy, our security, and most of all our privacy.
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.
The final post in a series analyzing the Daskal-Woods reform proposal for law enforcement demands for communications content across national borders.
The on-going debate on encryption and exceptional access for law enforcement agencies to encrypted communication—which recent attacks in Paris and California have only intensified—is also being closely studied in India.
Part Two: Why the Daskal-Woods MLAT proposal should also account for cross-border law enforcement demands for metadata.
Each possibility presents different tradeoffs.
Technology companies are being squeezed between U.S. and foreign laws that simultaneously compel, and prohibit, production of data in response to governmental surveillance directives. Thoughts towards a solution.
This week, the Second Circuit heard arguments in the “Microsoft Ireland” case on whether the U.S. government has authority to compel Microsoft directly to turn over data from a server in Dublin. Microsoft, the Irish government, other companies, and civil society groups contend the U.S.