US, UK sign pact to share electronic evidence in criminal cases

“The US and UK signed an agreement Thursday that will allow law enforcement officials in both countries to demand tech companies in the other’s country to furnish electronic evidence for use in criminal investigations” writes Steven Musil for It also lets the US enter into agreements to send information from US servers to criminal investigators in other countries with limited case-by-case review of requests.But privacy advocates at groups like the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation criticized the change, saying it lets law enforcement bypass constitutional protections against unreasonable searches.The agreement between the two counties “will dramatically speed up investigations by removing legal barriers to timely and effective collection of electronic evidence,” the US Justice Department said in a statement.

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