ECA and BSA co-host Roundtable on Cross-border Access to Electronic Evidence

ECA and BSA co-host Roundtable on Cross-border Access to Electronic Evidence

On 15 May, the European Cloud Alliance and BSA | The Software Alliance co-hosted a roundtable discussion on “Cross-border Access to Electronic Evidence: Achieving the Right Balance between More Effective Law Enforcement and Fundamental Rights”. ECA Executive Director Kim Gagné moderated a highly engaging panel discussion featuring Cathrin Bauer-Bulst, deputy head of unit “Cybercrime” at the European Commission’s DG Home, Jana Bambič, Justice and Home Affairs Counsellor at the Slovenian Permanent Representation to the EU, Vanessa Franssen, Associate Professor at the University of Liège and Thomas Boué, Director General EMEA, Policy at BSA | The Software Alliance

The event was one of the first opportunities for stakeholders to discuss the recently released European Commission proposal aimed at harmonizing cross-border access to electronic evidence. The audience, composed of private sector, EU member states and European Parliament representatives, was knowledgeable on the topic, leading to a detailed discussion of its provisions. Important issues that came up during the discussion included the international dimension of the proposals, notably in light of the US CLOUD Act, the timeframes for disclosure of data, and the need for certain safeguards, both for citizens and service providers.

The European Cloud Alliance welcomes the European Commission’s initiative to address the challenges facing cross-border access requests for electronic evidence, and will support an approach that gives companies legal clarity and preserves fundamental rights. We are looking forward to a continued dialogue with policy makers to achieve these ends.