A senior Commission official said on Thursday (9 November) that the EU executive suggested creating a new EU-US arrangement that would allow police to access data from companies that may be located in other jurisdictions. EU officials made that proposal to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions in June, during a joint EU-US justice ministerial meeting in Malta last June, but have not yet received a response from Sessions’ office.
At the end of January 2018, the Commission will propose new rules that will apply within the EU on the access to so-called e-evidence, which will make it faster and easier for law enforcement authorities to obtain data from other member states.
That proposal is still being drafted, but the Commission is already eyeing a similar arrangement that would extend beyond the EU.
“I can’t imagine that we would find something that would be limited to the EU space because that would be not efficient,” Renate Nikolay, the head of cabinet to EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova, said on Thursday (9 November). Nikolay was speaking in Brussels at a conference organised by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.