Canada and the United States participate in negotiations on transactions to access and share data in criminal investigations

Canada and the United States are beginning to talk about ways to make it easier for law enforcement officers in both countries to navigate strict privacy laws when investigating criminal activity.

The two countries have begun working on an agreement that will force Internet service providers to hand over personal data if it is considered part of the investigation.

The framework of the consultation is the clarification of the Legal Overseas Use (CLOUD) of data passed in the United States in 2018 to protect citizens’ freedom and facilitate access to evidence.

Today’s announcement is part of a cross-border crime forum held this week in the US capital with Minister of Public Security Marco Mendicino and Minister of Justice David Rametti.

This is the first forum meeting in 10 years, revived by the Canadian-US “roadmap” for bilateral cooperation agreed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Joe Biden last February.

US Attorney General Merrick Garland said the new data sharing agreement will enhance public safety and security while protecting the privacy and civil liberties of both countries.

“If such an agreement is reached and approved, it will pave the way for more efficient cross-border data disclosure between the United States and Canada, and the government will be critical, including terrorism,” Garland said in a statement. You can fight more effective crimes. “

“By increasing the effectiveness of investigating and prosecuting serious crimes … we strive to enhance the security and security of citizens on both sides of the US-Canada border.”

Mendicino and Rametti attended the meeting with Garland and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mallorcas.

According to the summary of the meeting, as part of North America’s economic measures against Vladimir Putin’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, we will discuss working together to defend against ransomware attacks and “freeze and seize” Russian assets. rice field.

Foreign policy experts have warned for weeks that US efforts to sanction Russia could lead to an increase in foreign cyberattacks on US infrastructure.

“My administration has issued a new warning that Russia may be planning a cyberattack against us based on evolving intelligence,” Biden told business leaders.

“The size of Russia’s cyber capabilities is quite important and it is coming.”

The four leaders also talked about efforts to oppose cross-border trafficking and smuggling between Canada and the United States, and plans to target illegal gun flows between the two countries.

Canadian press