Crimes that are committed online are notoriously challenging for law enforcement to investigate and prosecute. The Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties (MLATs) are currently in place to help move criminal evidence across borders, but since new cloud-based technologies have taken off, the MLATs are not sufficient.
The Whir comments:
“A new paper from Harvard Law School Cyberlaw Clinic instructor Vivek Krishnamurthy proposes an alternative approach centering on the US taking the lead in fixing the tedious and flawed MLAT system. Part of the solution is to provide a framework through which US-based multinational cloud service providers can release customer data – given their enormous role in storing of data relevant to law enforcement.”