EU wants to make it easier for the police services to request data from tech companies and cloud providers

The European Union wants to make it easier for police services to request data from tech companies and cloud providers. The European Commission will present three options to EU ministers that will form the basis for a new bill, including the ability for police to copy data directly from the cloud.

I am sure that in the aftermath of recent terrorist attacks and increasing threat in Europe there will be more understanding amongst the ministers, including those from countries where no attack has yet taken place – Jourova EU Commissioner (Justice)

The least intrusive option means that the authorities in one EU country can ask for an IT provider in another EU country for evidence without first consulting the authorities in the country concerned. The second proposal obliges companies to retrieve data if they receive a request from the police from other EU Member States.