Google pressed U.S. lawmakers to update laws on how governments access customer data stored on servers located in other countries, hoping to address a mounting concern for both law enforcement officials and Silicon Valley.
The push comes amid growing legal uncertainty, both in the United States and across the globe, about how technology firms must comply with government requests for foreign-held data. That has raised alarm that criminal and terrorism investigations are being hindered by outdated laws that make the current process for sharing information slow and burdensome.
Kent Walker- Google’s senior vice president and general counsel,announced the company’s framework during a speech in Washington, D.C., at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank that wields influence in the Trump White House and Republican-controlled Congress.
California-based company calls for allowing countries that commit to baseline privacy, human rights and due process principles to directly request data from U.S. providers without the need to consult the U.S. government as an intermediary.
Google will also ask Congress to codify warrant requirements for data requests that involve content, such as the actual message found within an email.
In a interview- Chris Calabrese, vice president of policy at the Center for Democracy & Technology, said
“Google’s framework was “broadly correct” but urged caution about the process for letting countries make direct requests to providers.
We need to make sure the people in the club are the right people,”