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Privacy Advocates Skeptical of U.S.-U.K. Criminal Data Deal

Oct. 29, 2019, 5:48 PM

Individual privacy rights and due process protections in criminal investigations may be at risk under a proposed U.S.-U.K. cross-border data pact, privacy advocates told U.S. lawmakers.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and European Digital Rights are among the groups urging Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and others to reconsider the deal because it “lowers the bar for law enforcement access to both stored communications contents, such as emails, and live wiretaps in the U.S.”

The deal for the first time would allow “a foreign government to request wiretaps in the U.S. even when one...

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