WASHINGTON, DC — September 18, 2014 —
BSA | The Software Alliance today welcomed the introduction of the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad Act (the “LEADS Act”), introduced by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.).
“Our laws must take both user protections and law enforcement needs into account as data increasingly becomes a part of our everyday lives,” said BSA President & CEO Victoria Espinel. “This proposal takes important steps toward balancing those interests. It will help restore consumers’ trust in the privacy of their online communications while ensuring that investigations can be properly pursued when the data of US citizens is stored abroad. We commend Senators Hatch, Coons and Heller for their leadership, and we look forward to working with them on this important issue.”
The LEADS Act would make three important improvements to US privacy law: First, it would require law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant to access electronic communications stored online. Second, it would limit law enforcement access to Americans’ data held overseas. Finally, the bill would improve the system by which international law enforcement requests for data are processed.