Canada, U.S. attorneys general discussed law to speed up police access to data across borders

The Canadian and U.S. governments won’t say whether they’re negotiating a bilateral agreement that would make it easier for police in each country to access data stored in the other. But Attorneys General David Lametti and William Barr discussed the issue in a June 2019 meeting in Washington, D.C., The Logic has learned.

The U.K. and Australia have each struck such a deal with the U.S., and top Canadian law enforcement officials have called for Ottawa to do the same, arguing existing procedures to obtain electronic evidence across borders are slow and cumbersome. Civil liberties advocates and some lawyers warn it could undermine privacy protections in Canada.

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