Mike Orcutt reports:
As law enforcement officials scrambled this week to connect the dots after a deadly terrorist attack in Manchester, U.K., the country’s deputy national security advisor traveled to the United States to urge Congress to change a 30-year-old law he says routinely hinders criminal investigations.
McGuinness pleaded with Congress to make a “technical adjustment” to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which among other things prohibits U.S. technology companies from disclosing stored communications to foreign governments. Instead, foreign law enforcement officials must request that data via the time-consuming Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty process, which can take months.
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