European Union eyeing legislation to give police faster access to tech data

Reuters reports that the European Union wants legislation allowing law enforcement to access a suspect’s data straight from the tech company, circumventing going through the legal system — even when the request crosses country borders.

The European Commission will sketch out options for the legislation with the final proposal expected late this year or in early 2018, the article adds. The options could include police asking an IT provider or tech company in a member nation to turn over requested data or evidence without going through the official legal channels of the home country. 

This week Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed this week that the company has helped out in the wake of the recent U.K. attacks but didn’t provide specifics. The EU legislation could impact Google and Microsoft, as well as social media sites Twitter and Facebook.