US and UK Sign Crime Data Sharing Agreement

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel and US Attorney General William Barr have signed a bilateral agreement paving the way for UK and US law enforcement agencies to obtain data more quickly from electronic service providers operating in each jurisdiction. According to Julian Hayes and Michael Drury at BCL Solicitors, this “will inevitably be one way traffic, expediting the UK’s acquisition of evidence from US tech giants such as Facebook, Google and Twitter in the fight against serious crime, including terrorism and child abuse.” According to the FT, the deal will compel US technology companies including Facebook, Google and Twitter to hand over the content of emails, texts and direct messages to British law enforcement bodies, and require the same of UK companies holding information sought by US investigators.

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