JAN 06, 2020 | EUROPEAN UNION
Tech Companies ‘Encouraged’ by Fundamental Rights Changes in Draft EU e-Evidence Bill
MLEX, January 6, 2020
By Matthew Newman
A group of industry associations representing software companies, Internet service providers and cloud-computing storage providers said today they are "encouraged" by proposed changes to an EU bill requiring users' communications data to be opened up to criminal investigators.
The associations, including ACT The App Association, Bitkom, and BSA | The Software Alliance, which includes Microsoft, Oracle, Siemens, Intel and Slack, said in a statement that EU legislators should continue "to fight for fundamental rights protections" in the "e-evidence" proposal (see here).
First proposed in April 2018, the e-evidence law will apply to online providers of communications such as Skype, Facebook, WhatsApp and Telegram, as well as traditional telecom services and also intermediaries and content-storage systems.
BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that help businesses of all sizes in every part of the economy to modernize and grow.
With headquarters in Washington, DC, and operations in more than 30 countries, BSA pioneers compliance programs that promote legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy.