UK Passes Law To Speed Police Demands For Overseas Data

Law360, London (February 13, 2019, 2:07 PM GMT) -- New legislation allowing police in the U.K. to skip the long queue for data held by major telecoms companies overseas has taken effect, the government has said, creating a framework for future agreements with other countries.

The Crime Overseas Production Orders Act 2019 will allow police and prosecutors in the U.K. to reach into foreign jurisdictions and request records held directly by major telecoms providers, cellphone companies and businesses including cloud internet providers, according to the Home Office. The law received royal assent on Feb. 12.

The new tool was introduced to address frustration felt by law enforcers, who say the current...

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