22.09.2015

Study: Access to Electronic Data by Third-Country Law Enforcement Authorities

Somewhat older (July 2015):
CEPS, Access to Electronic Data by Third-Country Law Enforcement Authorities  - Challenges to EU Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights (pdf); authors: Sergio Carrera, Gloria González Fuster, Elspeth Guild, Valsamis Mitsilegas
This study examines the challenges to European law posed by third-country access to data held by private companies for purposes of law-enforcement investigations in criminal proceedings.  The proliferation of electronic communications is putting cloud-computing companies under severe strain from multiple demands from the authorities to acquire access to such data.
A key challenge for the EU emerges when third-country authorities request access to data held by private companies under EU jurisdiction outside pre-established channels of cooperation, in particular outside Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) treaties. [...]
Source: CEPS