Government Access to Data
We live in turbulent times. Crime has never been more complex, requiring law enforcement agencies to seek digital evidence around the world to solve and prevent crime. At the same time, law-abiding people want to know what rules govern access to their personal emails and photos, and want to prevent just any government from getting access to their digital lives without appropriate legal process. The problem today is that current laws are outdated, both denying law enforcement modern tools and eroding the rights of people who use technology. We believe timeless values, public safety, and the rule of law must all endure as technology advances. We don’t have all the answers, but we’ve taken some steps we hope will help. We support efforts to update the law in the United States, we encourage a new type of bilateral treaty like one negotiated between the U.S. and UK, and we’ve filed four legal cases related to U.S. government access to customer data.