Brussels — On November 8-9, an EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial meeting will address, among other issues, cross-border law enforcement access to digital evidence for the purpose of criminal investigation and prosecution.

The Computer & Communications Industry Association supports talks on a transatlantic framework, which would facilitate European and U.S. law enforcement access to digital evidence. Building on prior EU-U.S. negotiating experience in the field of data protection and law enforcement data sharing, a transatlantic agreement in line with the U.S. CLOUD Act and EU law, could help all parties involved resolve potential legal conflicts. Such EU-US framework agreement could lay down the specific conditions for how bilateral agreements between the U.S. and EU Member States would be implemented.

The following can be attributed to CCIA Senior Manager Alexandre Roure:

“CCIA strongly supports talks between the U.S. Government and the EU to facilitate law enforcement access to digital evidence for the investigation and prosecution of crimes on both sides of the Atlantic. A sustainable transatlantic framework can strengthen user rights and due process, and mitigate any risk of conflicts between EU and U.S. laws in cross-border data access cases.”

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