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New US Senate bill aims to limit access to emails stored abroad

John Ribeiro | Sept. 22, 2014
Legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate on Thursday aims to place limits on access by U.S. law enforcement agencies to emails and other communications stored abroad.

One odd result will be that the LEADS Act would establish one rule - the extraterritorial warrant - for U.S. law enforcement to access content that a U.S. provider stores abroad on behalf of an American, and the multinational Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty, or MLAT process, for a person who sits in the cubical next door, but who may be a non-citizen working in the U.S. on a temporary visa, Nojeim wrote. MLAT governs exchange of information between countries for law enforcement purposes.


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