Data Across Borders: Treaties, Law Enforcement, and Digital Privacy in the Aftermath of Snowden

Date:Friday, July 24, 2015


Do warrants allow law enforcement to reach into data centers across borders? Can 19th-century international legal processes keep up with 21st-century speed? Join us for a briefing on the law and policy that determines the reach of law enforcement into data stored outside of the United States and the important questions and issues the debate has raised:

  • the need to modernize and make more efficient Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties (MLATs)
  • why starting an international dialogue to establish global norms is critical
  • legal challenges to a U.S. government attempt to force technology companies to turn over customer data stored abroad with extraterritorial warrants

Issues related to digital privacy are triggering increased scrutiny of the U.S. government from both the American people and foreign governments, and digital privacy laws have emerged as a key issue in the 114th Congress.

The Microsoft v. United States of America case exposes the gray areas of law governing extraterritorial warrants online, the complexities of MLATs, and how digital privacy intersects with foreign policy. Experts from across the digital privacy and corporate sectors will gather to discuss the policy implications of the case and the current state of digital privacy in a globalized world.


  • Bryan Cunningham, Senior Advisor, The Chertoff Group (Bio)
  • Jennifer Daskal, Assistant Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law (Bio)
  • Victoria Espinel, President & CEO, BSA | The Software Alliance (Bio) Moderator
  • John Frank, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft
  • Nuala O’Connor, President & CEO, Center for Democracy & Technology (Bio)