he Council adopted today two mandates authorising the Commission to negotiate on behalf of EU an agreement with the US facilitating access to e-evidence for the purpose of judicial cooperation in criminal matters and to participate in the negotiations in the Council of Europe on a second additional protocol to the Cybercrime Convention, respectively.
Both would aim to facilitate the access to e-evidence, such as e-mails or documents located on the Cloud, to be used in criminal proceedings. If later concluded, they will complement the EU framework on access to e-evidence currently being discussed by the EU institutions and on which the Council has adopted its position in December 2018 and March 2019.
Criminals don’t stop at Europe’s borders. Nowadays, the use fast and modern technologies to organise their illegal activities and erase their path afterwards. A lot of the data needed to track down these criminals is stored in the U.S. or by U.S. companies. An EU-US agreement to speed up the access of our law enforcement authorities to e-evidence is therefore of outmost importance. This will make Europe a safer place but, at the same time, it must do so while protecting our citizens’ data, privacy and procedural rights.
Ana Birchall, Romanian Minister of Justice
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