It doesn’t matter where in the world a police officer is, if he or she wants to access an individual’s Gmail or Facebook records (or many other US-based products), that access is governed by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Despite this, ECPA does not directly address the issue of foreign law enforcement access. This has created a confusing system that does not adequately protect the privacy of users or facilitate legitimate international criminal investigations and prosecutions. Read more about ECPA reform is not just a U.S. issue
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