MLAT Reform

Reforms Abound for Cross-Border Data Requests

Access to data stored in the United States presents an especially important question for other countries because of the prominence of U.S. Internet companies. Currently, law enforcement officials in other countries must pursue access to data in the U.S. through the Department of Justice (DOJ)-run Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) process, which has been rightly criticized as slow and inefficient. 

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